Hardwood Timber Choices: the Benefits of White Ash

Hardwood Timber Choices: the Benefits of White Ash

Published on Friday, October 13, 2017

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For woodworkers looking for incredibly durable material, white ash could be just the hardwood for the job!

What can ash be used for?

Ash is most suitable for:

  • Creating handles for striking tools such as hammers
  • Cabinet work
  • Interior joinery

What does ash timber look like?

The grain of ash wood is usually straight, giving it a neat look. The sapwood is nearly white, though the heartwood is a greyish-brown, sometimes with a reddish tinge.

Ash’s working properties

Ash is reported to dry without distortion. Its working properties are satisfactory, but ash has a moderate blunting effect on tools so be aware of this. Pre-boring is probably necessary in nailing the harder material to avoid damaging the wood. The wood bending properties of ash are variable but generally very good, though this type of wood is not tolerant of pin knots.


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Ash timber profile:

  • Strength: Good
  • Weight: 660kg/m3
  • Originates from: The Eastern half of the United States and Canada
  • Potential tree height: 40m and 1.8m in diameter
  • Availability: Readily available
  • Fun fact: Ash is one of the most valuable American forest trees.

Our Joinery & Woodworking Centre team will be happy to share their expertise with you - call in to ask about ash!