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White Ash(Fraxinusamericana)

Color/Appearance:The heartwood is a light brown color to white, though darker shades can also be seen, which is sometimes sold as Olive Ash. Sapwood can be very wide, and tends to be a beige or light brown; not always clearly or sharply demarcated from heartwood.

Grain/Texture:Has a medium to coarse texture similar to oak. The grain is almost always straight and regular, though sometimes moderately curly or figured boards can be found.

Rot Resistance:Heartwood is rated as perishable, or only slightly durable in regard to decay. Ash is also not resistant to insect attack.

Workability:Produces good results with hand and machine tools. It responds well to steam-bending. Glues, stains and finishes well.

Pricing/Availability:Ash is among the least expensive utility hardwoods available ; it should compare similarly to oak in terms of price.

Ash Specifications

Strength and Mechanical Properties (inch-pound)


Non-resistant to heartwood decay. The sapwood is liable to attack by powder post and the common furniture beetle. The heartwood is moderately resistant to preservative treatment, and the sapwood is permeable.

Main uses

Furniture, flooring, doors, architectural interiors, high class joinery and moulding, kitchen cabinets, paneling, tool handles, sports goods and turning.