ABOUT ASH WOOD:
Ash is commonly used in construction of furniture, cabinets, flooring, millwork and moldings. It’s also used quite often to create sporting equipment such as oars, baseball bats and hockey sticks.
Ash wood has a similar density and grain to oak. In fact, it’s often used as a replacement for oak and is sometimes called “golden oak.” Like oak, cherry and maple tree wood, ash is considered a hardwood tree. Ash has a hardness rating of 1200 (most scales generally agree, but sometimes they may be slightly different in number).
For comparison, one of the strongest and hardest wood available is hickory with a hardness rating of 1820 while the strong oak has a rating of 1290. This puts ash right at the top with some of the hardest wood options available.
Often, increased density and hardness of wood also increases the weight of the wood.
One of the unique properties of ash is that it has this shock resisting density and hardness while also staying relatively lightweight.
The strength and shock resistance of ash make it a preferred type of wood for woodworking. It’s used to make floors, furniture, moldings and other wooden products. Ash is also great for woodworking because of its flexibility and its ability to bend. This is unique to hardwood, especially ones as hard as ash.
Ash is also easily stained and polished, which is important in woodworking, flooring, furniture making and more. Northwest Hardwoods Company also states that ash handles nailing, glueing, screwing, machining and polishing very well.