Arizona Ash, Hardness?

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Forum topic by Blackie_ posted 11-24-2011 09:51 PM 4453 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-24-2011 09:51 PM

On the Scale where is Arizona Ash at when it comes to hardness of the hard woods? I have an opportunity to get my hands on some of this.


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#1 posted 11-24-2011 10:20 PM

I didn’t find Arizona Ash on my I.D.Wood app, but White Ash (which has a number of different names – none of them Arizona Ash) has a Janka Hardness of 1320. For comparison this is between Red Oak (1290) and White Oak (1360). So, it’s probably in the same neighborhood.

I take that back … I see it is classified as a softwood, consequently, it probably isn’t all that hard.

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#2 posted 11-24-2011 11:11 PM

A little confusing ”Arizona ash, or Fraxinus velutina, is a softwood, deciduous tree ” Softwood or hardwood is defined by whether it’s deciduous or not. Deciduous trees being hardwoods and all the rest are soft woods. Oddly enough even balsa wood is classified as a hardwood. So it’s classification my not have anything to do with it’s specific gravity or Janka hardness.
Confusing isn’t it?

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