lg_AshWood Species: Ash White (Fraxinus americana)

Appearance: Top portion is finished with water-base finish; bottom with oil-based finish.

Color: Heartwood is light tan to dark brown; sapwood is creamy white. Similar in appearance to white oak, but frequently more yellow.

Grain: Bold, straight, moderately open grain with occasional wavy figuring. Can have strong contrast in grain in plain sawn boards.

Variations Within Species And Grades: Sometimes confused with hickory; the zone of large pores is more distinctive in ash, similar to that of red oak.


  • Sawing/Machining: Good machining qualities.
  • Sanding: Sands satisfactorily if the correct sanding sequence is followed.
  • Nailing: No known problems.
  • Finishing: May be difficult to stain

Properties: Hardness/Janka: 1320; 2% harder than Northern red oak.

Dimensional Stability: Above average (7.8; 9% mre stabel than Northern red oak)

Availability: Readily available. Origin North America