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09-03-2015 01:23 AM

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USING ASH FOR MAKING FURNITURE?

I am currently organizing, itemizing materials I have saved over many years to use someday. TODAY IS THAT SOMEDAY! I will be building a 12’ x 12’ Tractor Shed, which will also hold (hopefully) wood that I will harvest with a chainsaw mill I am learning to use.

I have uncovered Ash and Oak hardwood that I purchased many years ago before the Ash Boar problem hit Minnesota. It had been air dried, three years and it has been stored in my shop out of the way for at least six years. It is currently rough cut and requires edging, planing and surfacing.

If any of my fellow lumberjock’s use Ash to make furniture, I would appreciate input regarding what you think and would advise in this situation.

As always, your advice and criticisms are welcome. Oh yeah, humor too!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher


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#1 posted 09-03-2015 01:33 AM

I made the crib that we used for all three kids out of ash. Looks great and still going strong 12 years later with the babysitting kids

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#2 posted 09-03-2015 01:36 AM

Hi Tom
Sure I’ve used Ash for furniture,it has very similar properties to that of Red Oak and has a very similar grain to Red oak as well. In days gone by manufacturers use to use ash and market the furniture as oak If you like the looks and durability of Red oak,ash will do the job.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#3 posted 09-03-2015 01:41 AM

Shane, Jim,

Thanks!

Do you think you would use it re: possible insect problems?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 09-03-2015 01:42 AM

I have used it too. The bug holes seem inevitable.

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#5 posted 09-03-2015 01:43 AM

Are you thinking of using this outside Tom?or are you saying your ash has somekind of insect problem?

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#6 posted 09-03-2015 01:50 AM

The Ash I have used did not have any “bug Holes”

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#7 posted 09-03-2015 01:59 AM

Jim,

Haven’t inspected it yet. I would expect there to be holes and pulp should the bugs be active as the pile has been undisturbed?

Have some furniture plans that would be pretty good in Ash.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#8 posted 09-03-2015 02:04 AM

The Tractor Shed sounds like a major Construction Tom, can’t wait to see the photos of progress…Take Care!

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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#9 posted 09-03-2015 02:11 AM

Ash can be used just like oak,tables,chairs,desk,bookshelves. I was going to sugjest woodsmith free plans but I can’t seem to find them online.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#10 posted 09-03-2015 02:13 AM

LOL!

Hey Phil! I guess I could blog it? It’s going to be a little different in the construction as it is a shed and I hope to use what I have except for the concrete foot pad. It will be built like I always build (over build) but I’m adapting front doors I acquired. And I can’t afford a concrete pad. Low on clients and lots of bills.

Thanks for checking in.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#11 posted 09-03-2015 02:14 AM

Jim,

Although you’ve just heard a lot of talk so far I will be working my own designs. More exciting? That way. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#12 posted 09-03-2015 02:15 AM

Maybe more frustrating?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#13 posted 09-03-2015 02:18 AM

Ash would be great for furniture. It’s a wood I’ve wanted to build something with, but have never had enough of it to do anything with. If you decide Ash is not for you, I’m not far away from you in MN and could try find a way to find a good home for it…

-- Matt, SW MN, https://www.facebook.com/anewcreationwoodworks

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#14 posted 09-03-2015 02:23 AM

I like making my own plans too Tom

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#15 posted 09-03-2015 02:30 AM

The Emerald Ash Borer only attacks live trees and will not be present in dry lumber. Ash is however a powder post beetle haven. They attack dry lumber. The hallmark of PPB is tiny holes in the wood with tiny piles of very fine sawdust under the boards. Heat is the most practical way to kill them in lumber.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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