Ash

background texture of ash wood

Ash (Fraxinus spp) Ratings 1 to 5 (best)

Ash (Fraxinus spp) Ratings 1 to 5 (best)
  • Maching

    4

  • Nailing

    4

  • Screwing

    4

  • Gluing

    4

  • Finishing

    5

Available Sizes

  • 4/4 through 16/4 -  F1F&Btr
  • 4/4 through 8/4 -  #1Com&Btr
  • 4/4 through 8/4 - #2Com

Distribution

Throughout the Eastern U.S. 

General Description

The sapwood is light-colored to nearly white and the heartwood varies from grayish or light brown, to pale yellow streaked with brown. The wood is generally straight-grained with a coarse uniform texture. The degree and availability of light-colored sapwood and other properties will vary according to the growing regions. 

Availability

Available in dimension stock and lumber. 

Working Properties

Ash machines well, is good in nailing, screwing, and gluing, and can be stained to a very good finish. It dries fairly easily with minimal degradation, and there is little movement in performance. 

Physical Properties

Ash has very good overall strength properties relative to its weight. It has excellent shock resistance and is good for steam bending. 

Main Uses

Furniture, flooring, doors, architectural millwork, and moulding, kitchen cabinets, paneling, tool handles, baseball bats, and turnings.