Have a project underway using some salvaged white ash. When using a pattern
bit with my router the end grain burnt even though the bit was reasonably
sharp and I kept the speed up. When I cut some mortises with my Multico
mortise machine(sharp bit) smoke poured out of the mortise being cut. When
I tried to use my 1" belt sander to even out a tenon the end grain burnt.
I've used the same procedure(s) to machine red and white oak but did not
experience this much blakin'n. What's with my ash? According to my Woods
of the World cd(don't be a sucker and buy this like I did) and another
reference, the stuff should machine like red oak but is difficult to
mortise. The only thing nice about this stuff, so far, is it doesn't have a
smell. It's not like the cat pee smell of red oak when it's machined.