Ash

 

Where it Grows
Throughout the Eastern U.S. White ash trees range in height from 80 to 120 feet with diameter from 2 to 5 feet.

Main Uses
Furniture, flooring, doors, architectural millwork and mouldings, kitchen cabinets, paneling, tool handles, baseball bats, hockey sticks, billiard cues, skis, oars and turnings.

Relative Abundance
4.6 percent of total U.S. hardwoods commercially available.

Did You Know?
Before man-made materials took over the market, ash was the preferred wood for making tennis racquets.

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.

 

Grades of Ash:

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FAS Grade:
FAS Grade Ash
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#1 Common Ash:
#1 Common Grade Ash
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#2 Common Ash:
#2 Common Grade Ash
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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 degrade, 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.