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Ash – American

Fraxinus americana
Also known as |
American White Ash|White Ash|American Ash
Ash - American Lumber @ Rare Woods USA

Along with Hickory and Oak, Ash is one of the most commonly used utility woods in the US and is native to Eastern and¬† Central North America. It’s toughness and excellent shock resistance, makes it a popular choice for tool handles, baseball bats, furniture and flooring Grains are typically straight, and its coarse texture has drawn comparisons to that of Oak. Combined with its modest price, White Ash’s easy working properties, generally light overall color and good gluing and finishing characteristics make it a popular wood for a variety of practical and utility applications.

Not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Why We Love This Wood

White Ash is the tallest growing of the true ash (Fraxinus) species in the US, and is the most commonly seen of the ash hardwoods. Its color ranges from a light beige to light brown, with medium to dark brown grain stripes. Although not nearly as popular as Swamp Ash for such applications, it is occasionally utilized as an electric guitar body wood, as it has good resonance properties.

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    Vital Statistics
    Main Color GroupYellow / White
    Grain Pattern Pronounced
    Avg Dry Weight - LB/BF3.5
    Avg Dry Weight - KG/M3675
    Janka Hardness - LBF1320
    Janka Hardness - N5870
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    Ash-American-Select&better-4/4Lumber
    4/4 Lumber
    Select & better
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    3.95
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    Ash-American-Select&better-5/4Lumber

    5/4 Lumber

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    4.15
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    Ash-American-Select&better-6/4Lumber

    6/4 Lumber

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    4.5
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    Ash-American-Select&better-8/4Lumber

    8/4 Lumber

    Select & better
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    4.6
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    Ash-American-Select&better-12/4Lumber

    12/4 Lumber

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    5.6
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    no
    Ash-American-Select&better-16/4Lumber

    16/4 Lumber

    Select & better
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    9.5
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    Ash-American-Standard-10/4Liveedgedslabs

    10/4 Live edged slabs

    Standard
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    10
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    Ash – American

    Knots

    ASH1077
    52.31 × 5.81 × 0.94 in

    Knots

    $16.67

    Ash – American

    Knots

    ASH1077
    52.31 × 5.81 × 0.94 in

    $16.67

    Ash – American
    ASH1077
    52.31 × 5.81 × 0.94 in

    $16.67

    Ash – American

    Wanes on one side

    ASH1075
    50.75 × 5.88 × 0.94 in

    Wanes on one side

    $16.37

    Ash – American

    Wanes on one side

    ASH1075
    50.75 × 5.88 × 0.94 in

    $16.37

    Ash – American
    ASH1075
    50.75 × 5.88 × 0.94 in

    $16.37

    Ash – American

    Crack

    ASH1074
    41.88 × 5.81 × 0.94 in

    Crack

    $12.01

    Ash – American

    Crack

    ASH1074
    41.88 × 5.81 × 0.94 in

    $12.01

    Ash – American
    ASH1074
    41.88 × 5.81 × 0.94 in

    $12.01

    Ash – American

    Wane

    ASH1071
    53.56 × 5.06 × 0.88 in

    Wane

    $14.87

    Ash – American

    Wane

    ASH1071
    53.56 × 5.06 × 0.88 in

    $14.87

    Ash – American
    ASH1071
    53.56 × 5.06 × 0.88 in

    $14.87

    Ash – American

    Wane

    ASH1070
    46.94 × 5.06 × 0.88 in

    Wane

    $14.33

    Ash – American

    Wane

    ASH1070
    46.94 × 5.06 × 0.88 in

    $14.33

    Ash – American
    ASH1070
    46.94 × 5.06 × 0.88 in

    $14.33

    Ash – American

    Defect, Knot

    ASH1069
    45 × 5.06 × 0.94 in

    Defect, Knot

    $12.49

    Ash – American

    Defect, Knot

    ASH1069
    45 × 5.06 × 0.94 in

    $12.49

    Ash – American
    ASH1069
    45 × 5.06 × 0.94 in

    $12.49

    Ash – American

    Clear.

    ASH1064
    61.38 × 6.25 × 1.94 in

    Clear.

    $53.92

    Ash – American

    Clear.

    ASH1064
    61.38 × 6.25 × 1.94 in

    $53.92

    Ash – American
    ASH1064
    61.38 × 6.25 × 1.94 in

    $53.92

    Ash – American

    Light checks on one end.

    ASH1063
    61 × 6.25 × 1.94 in

    Light checks on one end.

    $53.59

    Ash – American

    Light checks on one end.

    ASH1063
    61 × 6.25 × 1.94 in

    $53.59

    Ash – American
    ASH1063
    61 × 6.25 × 1.94 in

    $53.59

    Ash – American

    Knot.

    ASH1062
    50.63 × 8.13 × 1.5 in

    Knot.

    $43.39

    Ash – American

    Knot.

    ASH1062
    50.63 × 8.13 × 1.5 in

    $43.39

    Ash – American
    ASH1062
    50.63 × 8.13 × 1.5 in

    $43.39

    Ash – American

    Clear.

    ASH1061
    50.75 × 6.75 × 1.44 in

    Clear.

    $36.11

    Ash – American

    Clear.

    ASH1061
    50.75 × 6.75 × 1.44 in

    $36.11

    Ash – American
    ASH1061
    50.75 × 6.75 × 1.44 in

    $36.11

    Ash – American

    Knots.

    ASH1060
    50.56 × 6.38 × 1.5 in

    Knots.

    $30.91

    Ash – American

    Knots.

    ASH1060
    50.56 × 6.38 × 1.5 in

    $30.91

    Ash – American
    ASH1060
    50.56 × 6.38 × 1.5 in

    $30.91

    Ash – American

    Clear.

    ASH1058
    50.38 × 6.13 × 1.44 in

    Clear.

    $32.56

    Ash – American

    Clear.

    ASH1058
    50.38 × 6.13 × 1.44 in

    $32.56

    Ash – American
    ASH1058
    50.38 × 6.13 × 1.44 in

    $32.56

    Ash – American

    Clear.

    ASH1057
    50.13 × 6 × 1.44 in

    Clear.

    $31.71

    Ash – American

    Clear.

    ASH1057
    50.13 × 6 × 1.44 in

    $31.71

    Ash – American
    ASH1057
    50.13 × 6 × 1.44 in

    $31.71

    Ash – American
    Small crack on end.
    ASH1054
    23.13 × 9.75 × 1.5 in

    Small crack on end.

    $23.77

    Ash – American
    Small crack on end.
    ASH1054
    23.13 × 9.75 × 1.5 in

    $23.77

    Ash – American
    ASH1054
    23.13 × 9.75 × 1.5 in

    $23.77

    Ash – American
    Clear.
    ASH1053
    23.13 × 5.75 × 1.5 in

    Clear.

    $14.02

    Ash – American
    Clear.
    ASH1053
    23.13 × 5.75 × 1.5 in

    $14.02

    Ash – American
    ASH1053
    23.13 × 5.75 × 1.5 in

    $14.02

    Other Species

    Osage Orange - Argentine

    This South American species is closely related to the domestic Osage Orange.  The lumber it yields is typically a bit cleaner with less defects.  It is pretty hard and dense making it tough on tools, but it turns and finishes well.

    Common Uses:
    boxmaking, cabinetry, carving, crafting, inlay, specialty items
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    Tamarind - Spalted

    Spalted Tamarind comes from South East Asia.   The decay/spalting gives the wood awesome spiderweb type patterns that add character and excitement to its appearance.  The spalting is most prevalent in the sapwood which is prone to attack from bugs and fungus which cause it.

    It is moderately difficult to work, but turns and finishes well.  Sometimes the rot is more endemic than is obvious from looking at the surface of the lumber result in some wastage (lost pieces).

    Take care to use good dust collection and a dust mask, as the fungal spores add more to the air than dust alone.

    Common Uses:
    boxmaking, inlay, specialty items, turnings
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    Chakte Viga

    This vibrant Central America wood can features primary colors ranging from orange to golden brown (with gold, red and sometimes even green accent coloration). It is thought to be the closest relative to Brazilwood (famous for its use in stringed-instrument bows), and Chakte Viga shares many of the same acoustic properties. Grains are straight, but sometimes interlocked — otherwise, this wood works easily, and finishes well. It has a fine texture and excellent natural luster. Sap is a pale off-white to pale yellow.

    Chakte Viga is a wood that has been starting to emerge from relative obscurity over the last decade or so, being one of the lesser-known and -demanded woods from the tropical Central America region. We feel it has a huge untapped potential as a guitar tonewood, as well as in fine furniture production in the US. The wood has some very subtle aesthetics, sometimes exhibiting a 3D-like shimmering chatoyance after being finished with clear lacquer.

    Common Uses:
    fine furniture, furniture, inlay, turnings
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    Longhi

    Longhi is an African wood with similar working properties to its more well-known cousin, Anegre. Its color varies from a greyish-white to beige to pinkish-brown color, which slightly darkens with age and UV-ray exposure. Its generally light appearance makes sapwood difficult to distinguish. Its grains are typical straight (though occasionally interlocked) and its texture ranges between fine and medium-fine. It can sometimes possess mottled or subtle tiger-striped figuring.

    The wood must be carefully dried, as it is susceptible to fungus. It is considered to be moderately durable, and moderately stable. Longhi has a solid strength-to-weight ratio, which makes it a popular choice for flooring and decking.

    Common Uses:
    cabinetry, decking, flooring, furniture
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    Common Uses
    longhi
    Birch - Yellow

    Heartwood can vary from pale yellow to a light, muted reddish brown; sapwood is grayish-white. There are many species of Birch, worldwide; it is one of the most popular woods, ironically, for both veneer and utility applications. Figured pieces are the more desirable for veneer, with wide, dramatic curly figuring (similar to Cherry) decorating the surface.

    American Birch works easily — it turns, glues and finishes well — although most boards have very little natural luster. It’s a versatile wood that can be used for a number of different applications, but it needs to be protected, as the wood will decay when exposed to the elements. (… and if left unprotected will rot.)

    Common Uses:
    boxmaking, cabinetry, crafting, flooring, furniture
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    Common Uses
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    Alder

    Considered to be the most abundant hardwood in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States, Red Alder has long been used in the region for furniture and cabinetry production — as well as being a popular choice for electric guitar bodies dating back to when the instrument first went into mass production, in the 1950’s. Ranging in color from a light tan to reddish brown, Alder has a soft, lightweight stature — which makes the wood very easy to work, and it finishes and glues well.

    Red Alder is usually sold in two different grades: knotty, and clear. Clear grades are most desired by cabinet and furniture crafters. Many such tradesmen compare the wood’s cooperative disposition to that of Black Cherry.

    Although technically a hardwood, care must be taken with Alder until finished as its surface can be rather soft (thus, denting easily). The wood is decidedly non-durable, so confining its use to indoor applications and treating the wood with some type of hardening finish (such as lacquer) is recommended.

    Common Uses:
    cabinetry, lutherie, millwork, musical Instruments
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