Color: Heartwood is
light tan to dark brown; sapwood is creamy white. Similar in appearance
to white oak, but frequently more yellow.
Grain: Bold, straight, moderately open grain with
occasional way figuring. Can have strong contrast in grain in plainsawn
Variations Within Species And Grades: Sometimes
confused with hickory; the zone of large pores is more distinctive in
ash, similar to that of red oak.
2% harder than Northern red oak.
Dimensional Stability: Above average (change
coefficient .00274; 26% more stable than red oak).
Durability: Elastic, hard; excellent shock
resistance. Remains smooth under friction.
Sanding: Sands satisfactorily.
Nailing: Good holding ability; good resistance to
Finishing: No known problems. Stains well.
(relative to plainsawn select red