Ash (Fraxinus spp) Ratings 1 to 5 (best)
- 4/4 through 16/4 - F1F&Btr
- 4/4 through 8/4 - #1Com&Btr
- 4/4 through 8/4 - #2Com
Throughout the Eastern U.S.
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.
Available in dimension stock and lumber.
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.
Ash has very good overall strength properties relative to its weight. It has excellent shock resistance and is good for steam bending.
Furniture, flooring, doors, architectural millwork, and moulding, kitchen cabinets, paneling, tool handles, baseball bats, and turnings.