Ash: Domestic Hardwood
Ash Lumber is classified as a domestic wood and is sometimes referred to as White Ash, Green Ash, Red Ash, Black Ash, or Brown Ash. The heartwood of Ash is a grayish brown but sometimes has a red tinge to it. It is usually straight grained with a smooth texture.
Ash is generally used for sporting goods, bats, oars, pool cues, tool handles, cabinetwork, furniture making, high-class joinery, plywood, paneling, and veneer. Its bending qualities can vary but it has good strength, stiffness, and hardness considering it is relatively lightweight. It also stains, glues, and polishes well.
Ash has a Janka hardness of 1320.
|Origin of Wood Type||Eastern U.S.|
|Botanical Name||Fraxinus Americana|
|Avg. Weight Per BF||3.5 pounds|
|Color Range||White cream sapwood, heartwood can be brown|
|Rarity / Availability||Readily available, but Emerald Ash Borer may make supply scarce soon|
|Typical Avg. Width||5 – 12 inches wide|
|Typical Avg. Length||8 – 12 feet long|
|Avg. Waste Factor||25 percent|
|Wood Uses||All woodworking applications, baseball bats, drawers, tool handles|
|Lumber Grades||Rustic, 2 common, 1 common|
|Other Trade Names||White Ash, American Ash, Ash|