Species

ASH

Distribution

Throughout the Eastern USA.


General description

  American ash is similar in appearance to European ash. The sapwood is light colored to nearly white and the heartwood varies from grayish brown to 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.


Working properties

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

   
Machining
Nailing
Screwing
Gluing
Finishing


Physical properties

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

Specific Gravity: 0.60 (12% M.C.)
Average Weight: 673 kg/m3 (12% M.C.)
Average Volumetric Shrinkage: 10.7% (Green to 6% M.C.)
Modulus of Elasticity: 11,977 MPa
Hardness: 5871 N
* Values based on Fraxinus americana

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.

Availability

USA: Readily available.
  Export: Good availability as lumber and veneer. The lumber is often classified according to growing    regions and marketed as Northern ash and Southern ash. It is sometimes separated for color and sold as white ash (sapwood) or brown ash (heartwood). Fraxinus nigra, black ash, may also be sold as brown ash.

Main uses

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

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