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Thread: how hard is ash to work with?

  1. #1
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    Dec 2008
    falcon heights, minnesota

    how hard is ash to work with?

    i'm planning on using it for the grandfather clock idea.
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  2. #2
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    Mar 2008
    new york city burbs
    I used alot of it on the radiator covers I made, didnt find it hard to work with at all.
    Tooled very nicely.

  3. #3
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    Dec 2006
    Floydada, Tx
    Alot like white oak.

  4. #4
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    Apr 2007
    No, not all of SoCal is Los Angeles!
    I just finished a couple of nitestands out of it. Machines well and is generally like oak. It was my first time working with it and I was after an oak look. The material I had took color differently than I expected but was workable. Ash seems to vary by supplier so I expect to see some varied responses here.
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  5. #5
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    Feb 2009
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Ok ....I will go against what has been said here and say that that it does not machine well. It chips l out like crazy and has very sharp splinters... not like white oak.

    The cure is extremely sharp tools and when forming take light passes. It is a great wood and has fallen unpopular which makes it cheap so by all means got for it...just know that it is not a "dream wood" to work with. (Personal experience)
    Last edited by Dewey Torres; 03-22-2009 at 04:04 PM.

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  6. #6
    I've made quite a few pieces of furniture with Ash and think it's a pleasure to work with. Superior to the oaks for workability IMHO. Have never had the problems Dewey spoke of. Machines well and takes a great finish. Here's the stuff I have pictures of. The light parts are ash. I espically like quartersawn, no rays, but it has a nice quiet, straight grain that contrast well with other woods.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails coffee table detail 2.jpg   Ash Endtable.jpg   Jewelry Box, Large.jpg  

  7. #7
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    Mar 2008
    Manistique, Michigan
    I made a bar for a friend with ash. It was easier to work with that red oak. There wasnt as much splintering.
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  8. #8
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    Nov 2008
    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    I am building a table using flat sawn white ash and it has worked well so far. It machined well (not to soft & not to hard). I'm told that it is often used by furniture makers and is sold as oak.

  9. #9
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    Feb 2007
    Westphalia, Michigan
    I haven't made much with ash but, I will seeing as how I have 50 or so sawable trees with the emerald ash borer eating away. I just talked to a sawmill owner who said he got an order from a guy in California who "looked all over the country" but couldn't find any quarter sawed ash. My friend sawed him up some. It was for a vintage airplane restoration. I have found it machines well in my limited experience.

  10. #10
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    Jan 2009
    I live in Denton, Texas and ranched at Schulenburg, Texas.

    Just a warning-----

    Sawn ash is suseptible to several worms and borers. So be careful how you store it. The good powdered insecticides are ilegal now, but you might cover it with plastic and put moth crystals in the wrap.

    Ray Gerdes

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