White Ash

White Ash

White Fraxinus americana


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 plainsawn boards.
Species & Grade Variations: Sometimes confused with Hickory; the zone of large pores is more distinctive in Ash, similar to that of Red Oak.


Hardness (Janka): 1320; 2% harder than Northern Red Oak.
Dimensional Stability: Above average (change coefficient .00274; 26% more stable than Red Oak).
Durability: Elastic, hard; excellent shock resistance. Remains smooth under friction.


Sawing / Machining: Good machining qualities.
Sanding: Sands satisfactorily.
Nailing: Good holding ability; good resistance to splitting.
Finishing: No known problems. Stains well.


(Relative to plainsawn select Red Oak.)
Multiplier: 1.20


Moderately available.

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