One man's opinion...and it's an OPINION only, but I don't care for ash.
(Don't like oak either, so there you go.)
If you want a nice "blonde" wood, it's great. But if you want to stain it,
don't bother. You know that really offensive (to ME!) (gotta put in those
qualifiers, you know?) way that oak takes stains? Makes the grain so
pronounced that all you can see is grain GRAIN GRAIN? Well ash is worse.
On top of that, it doesn't take dye well at all, and oil-based pigment is
what makes it look like oak from hell.
If you can take some quarter-sawn pieces off, it might not be so bad, but
you gotta ask yourself, just how bad do you want your furniture to look like
You could try filling the pores and glazing/toning it, but even that doesn't
come out particularly well.
HOWEVER, I agree with everyone that, for backers and utility wood, it's
decent. And for .40 a board foot...hell I'd by ANYTHING for .40 a board
No flames guys...just one man's opinion!!