Ash wood has very good overall strength properties relative to its weight. It has excellent shock resistance, which takes some of the pain from those using hand tools and sport equipment, such as baseball bats. It steam bends very well, So is a favorite of furniture makers & hobbyists. Being very hard, stable when dry & easy to finish and stain. It is ideal for furniture & flooring.
Performance: Ash lumber machines well, with good performance in nailing, screwing, gluing and can be stained and polished to a very good finish. Black stained Ash has experienced several successful fashion cycles in furniture. The wood dries fairly easily with minimal degree. With good stability there is not much movement in performance.