White Ash (Fraxinusamericana)
Ash is a light-coloured, smooth grianed hardwood that is one of the most durable varieties of wood that has an extensive history in furniture making. With its beige-to-light-brown hue and typical straight grain, white ash wood is the best and attractive option for fine furniture.
Today, ash is making splash in fenestration products and home furnishings, one of the most preferred species that is apt for the modern style. It is aesthetically-pleasing, light weight, durable, and absorbs wood stain well. Ash is a hard wood along with cherry, oak, maple, and walnut.
White Ash wood is togh, strong and highly resistant to heat as well as shock. The grain is described as straight, bold, moderately open with an occasional wavy pattern. Sustainably harvested American wood.
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.
Strength And Mechanical Properties (Inch-Pound)
Durability : 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.