My bid that I prepared for my 10-foot trestle table in cherry got, ah,
declined. Which is pretty much what I figured. When the client
suggested using framing lumber for the table, I asked him to hold off
until I could find a suitable alternative.
In all likelihood, that alternative is ash. Last year, due to a bug
infestation, the USFS or the ODNR cut down just about every ash tree
around here (northern OH). As such, there is a glut on the market in
ash. Roughsawn 5/4, #1 and better is going for about $2/bf. White
pine is $3 for 4/4, and cherry is almost $6. This is based on a rather
limited search, however. Free market being what it is, I would imagine
that any price I would find would be close to those numbers.
At any rate, I've never used ash before. From what I can tell, it
would seem to be a particularly good wood to use on a table that will
see use in a by-the-week rental cottage. Is there anything I need to
know in particular about this HARD HARD wood? Machining? Hand work?
Thanks again to ever'body.