It's been ages since I did a piddlin' little bit of work with some ash scraps.
As I recall, it's about as dense as red oak or maple, and cuts similarly.
Any peculiarities of ash that I should know about before starting a little
ash project? I know about the Emerald Ash Borer threat.
"Law Without Equity Is No Law At All. It Is A Form Of Jungle Rule."
Of course it's very blond and unless stained/dyed doesn't show much in the way
of grain. It's also hard as a bastard (they use it for baseball bats) and as
such tears out badly. I have a few hundred board feet squirreled away. I
like it to work with but one has to be careful with the planer.
Ash is actually my favorite wood to work with. Its hard, but not as hard as
white oak. It sands well and takes stain well. Add to that its great for
making laminated forms.
It tends to clog the cyclone as the chips will stick together. Make sure
you route with the grain. Go against the grain and you risk (rather high
risk) of having the grain run with you and removing much more wood that you
intended, which will definitely not be in the profile you were putting on
the wood with the router.
It can be very peculiar working with ash. First, never use any rope
because you never want your ash in a sling. Be careful not to fall on
your ash. If you make me mad I may kick your ash. You will want to
especially careful when you drill ash. Drilling ash can be dangerous
in many ways. Also once you drill it you will now have an ash hole and
that presents another whole set of issues. You really want to be
careful with your ash hole. etc. etc.
And don't get me started on yew.
I made a mudroom shoe bench from ash from a plan from somewhere, and ended
up with a nice product. All the above gentle folks' comments are extremely
to the point, taking humor into account with a grin. As I recall, the
"staining" with amber shellac went a little funny, because of the green
hues it first had (they disappeared). I also made a shelf unit for my
bathroom, which I finished with poly. I'll post pictures nd give the link
in a follow-up.
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I have the consolation of having added nothing to my private fortune during
my public service, and of retiring with hands clean as they are empty.
-- Thomas Jefferson, letter to Count Diodati, 1807
I have used Ash in a few projects and I agree with your comparison
with Oak. The only problem I have had, on a couple of occasions, is a
little blotching with stain. Both times it was with wood that had a
little looser grain pattern and the result was disappointing. Since
then I take a moment to wipe the project down with pre-stain
conditioner and the results have been good.
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