Sample is ¾-by-2¼-inchsquare-edge solid strip.
Top portion is finished with water base urethane; bottom with oil modified polyurethane.
HARDNESS/JANKA: 1320; 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. Heartwood is light tan to dark brown; sapwood is a creamy white. Similar in appearance to white oak, but frequently more yellow.
GRAIN: Bold straight moderately open grain with occasional wavy figuring. Can have strong contrasting grain in plainsawn boards.
VARIATIONS WITHIN SPECIES & GRADE: Sometimes confused with hickory;the zone of large pores is more distinctive in ash, similar to that of red oak.
SAWING/MACHINING: Good machining qualities.
SANDING: Sands Satisfactorily
NAILING: Good holding ability;good resistance to splitting.
FINISHING: No known problems. Stains well.
(Relative to plainsawn select red oak)