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Ash, Brown

Generally straight grained with a coarse texture. Grayish brown heartwood and light brown sapwood.

Thicknesses

Subject to availability

5/4
6/4
7/4
8/4
9/4
10/4
12/4
16/4
20/4
1/2"
3/4"
1"
2/4"
1/4"
2"
4/4"
Lengths

Subject to availability

4-6'
7/8'
9/10'
11/12'
13/14'
15/16'
17-20'
7' and longer
Applications
Cabinet Doors
Interior Millwork
Interior Trim
Passage Doors
Turned Objects

Distribution

Northeastern United States and Eastern Canada

Scientific Name

Fraxinus nigra

Specific Gravity: Basic 12% MC

45, .55

Janka Hardness

850 lbf (3,780 N)

Color/Appearance

The heartwood is a light to medium brown color. Sapwood can be very wide, and tends to be a beige or light brown; not always clearly or sharply demarcated from heartwood. Black Ash tends to be a bit darker in color than White Ash (Fraxinus americana).

Grain/Texture

Has a medium to coarse texture similar to oak. The grain is almost always straight and regular, though sometimes curly or figured boards can be found.

Endgrain

Ring-porous; large earlywood pores 2-4 rows wide, small latewood pores solitary and radial multiples; tyloses common; parenchyma banded (marginal), parenchyma around latewood pores less common in Black Ash, but may be vasicentric, winged and confluent; narrow rays, spacing normal.

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 or machine tools. Responds well to steam bending. Glues, stains, and finishes well.

Odor

Gives off a distinct, moderately unpleasant smell when being worked.

Allergies/Toxicity

Ash in the Fraxinus genus has been reported to cause skin irritation, and a decrease in lung function. See the articles Wood Allergies and Toxicity and Wood Dust Safety for more information.

Pricing/Availability

Ash is among the least expensive utility hardwoods available domestically; it should compare similarly to oak in terms of price.

Sustainability

This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
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