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American White Ash

White ash
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Timber Specification for American White Ash


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American White Ash

American White Ash is similar in appearance to European Ash. It is a versatile, good-looking wood, offering great value for a wide range of joinery and furniture applications.


Furniture, flooring, doors, architectural interiors, high class joinery and moulding, kitchen cabinets, panelling, tool handles, sports goods and turning.


Colour – The sapwood of American White Ash is light coloured to nearly white. The degree and availability of light coloured sapwood, and other properties, will vary according to the growing regions. The heartwood varies from greyish brown to light brown, to pale yellow streaked with brown.

Grain – Generally straight grained.

Texture – It has a coarse uniform texture.


Strength – American White Ash has very good overall strength properties relative to its weight. It has excellent shock resistance.

Weight – 670 kg/m³

Natural Durability – Non-resistant to heartwood decay. The sapwood is liable to attack by powder post and the common furniture beetle. The heartwood is moderately resistant to preservative treatment and the sapwood is permeable.

Ease Of Drying – American White Ash dries fairly easily with minimal degrade. Illingworth Ingham (M/cr) Ltd supply kiln dried stock.

Preservative Treatment – The heartwood is moderately resistant to preservative treatment and the sapwood is permeable.

Working properties

Sawing – Good

Planing – Good

Drilling – Good

Boring – Good

Turning – Excellent

Carving – Good

Moulding – Good

Nailing – Good

Screwing – Good

Gluing – Good

Steam Bending – Good


Polishing – Polishes to a very good finish.

Staining – Stains to a good finish.


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White ash or American ash
White ash or American ash – Fraxinus americana


American White Ash
American White Ash


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