Please note: Timbersource will be shut from 17:00 on 22 December 2017 and will re-open at 08:00 on 2 January 2018

NOTICE: Last Dates for Planed and Jointed Orders 2017

We normally try to complete planed orders in 5-7 working days, so orders placed before the 14th may make it in time for Christmas. If you need your delivery guaranteed for Christmas, make sure to select express delivery at checkout. It's now unfortunately too late to order jointed timber to be delivered via standard delivery before Christmas. If you wish to receive your order before the 22nd December then please contact our sales team on 01373 469905.

Ash Planed Timber

Timbersource have over 50 years of experience in the industry, so we’re able to supply made to measure ash planed timber of only the highest quality. Using our cutting calculator, you’ll be able to completely personalise your order, dictating the exact measurements for width, length, and thickness – subject to the natural dimensions of the wood itself.

All our ash planed timber is worked on in our own mill and machine shop, using cutting-edge machinery, and we’ll dispatch orders in as little as 5-10 working days, with no minimum order rate.

Ordering Ash Planed Timber

Ash is a strong wood with notable shock resistance. It is good for steam bending, and is predominantly used for interior furnishings, joinery, and sporting goods. Varying from a mellow white to a lighter shade of brown, this is a graceful timber which remains consistently popular. Imported in FAS grade in imperial thicknesses of sawn 1", 1 ¼", 1 ½", 2", 2 ½", 3" & 4", each piece is usually 8’ to 12’ in length, and around 4” to 9” wide, though we can sometimes sources larger pieces.

Ordering ash planed timber will see you utilizing a practical piece of wood which machines well, is good for nailing, screwing, staining, and polishing. You will notice only a small amount of movement in performance. The heartwood is non-resistant to decay and reasonably resistant to preservative treatment, while the sapwood is permeable, and liable to be attacked by both powder posts and the common furniture beetle, if not properly treated.


What is American 'white' Ash?

American 'white' Ash Introduction: timber is mainly used for interior furniture and joinery, particularly where bending-strength is required. The colour of Ash boards will vary from a white appearance through to brown.

The natural order Oleaceae includes a number of species of the genus Fraxinus or ash, whose timber is characterised by good strength elasticity, toughness, stiffness and hardness, allied to relatively light weight. The following are the principal species found in North America:
Black ash Fraxinus nigra
Green ash Fraxinus pennsylvanica
White ash Fraxinus americana

American Ash timber is imported in FAS grade in imperial thicknesses of sawn 1", 1 ¼", 1 ½", 2", 2 ½", 3" & 4". Kiln dried imported packs normally contain random widths from 4" to about 9" and are in predominantly even lengths i.e. 8', 10', 12' as this is the standard method of American hardwood production. Occasionally we are able to obtain other lengths up to 14' long and also premium widths.

Latin name Fraxinus spp, Fraxinus nigra, Fraxinus pennsylvanica, Fraxinus americana

Also known as American Ash (America), black ash (Fraxinus nigra), green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica), white ash, Canadian ash (Fraxinus americana), brown ash (Fraxinus nigra), red ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

Environmental Not listed in CITES. Available from well-managed sources.

Distribution Occurs in Canada from Nova Scotia to south-western Ontario, and in America from New England, the Middle Atlantic and Central States


American Ash Properties

The Tree The tree reaches a height of 15m to 18m or a little more, and a diameter of about 0.75m

The Timber The sapwood is almost white in colour and the heartwood varies from light brown to reddish-brown rather similar to European ash. but a little lighter in weight, about 670 kg/m³ when dried

Working Properties Machines well, Good for nailing, screwing and gluing. stains and polishes well

Physical Properties Good overall strength, Excellent shock resistance, good for steam bending

American Ash Drying Dries with little distortion

American Ash Durability Not durable. Non-resistant to heartwood decay, sapwood is liable to powder post and common furniture beetle attack, heartwood is moderately resistant to preservative treatment.


Working with American Ash

Use(s) Joinery - Interior. Tool handles, Furniture, Flooring, Doors, Architectural interiors, High Class Joinery and Moulding, Kitchen cabinets, Paneling, Sports Goods, Turning

Treatability Easy

Moisture Movement Medium

Density (mean, Kg/m³) 670 (Density can vary by 20% or more)

Texture Coarse


Buying American Ash from Timbersource

American Ash Availability Readily available

American Ash Colour(s) Grey (Brown)

Please note American grading rules allow width tolerances in the sawn sizes, e.g. 7" width stock may vary from 6 5/8" to 7 ½" yet still be charged as 7". Therefore, we encourage customers to advise us of the minimum 'planed finish' width they want so that our tally staff can select accordingly.

What is FAS Grade

The FAS grade, which derives from an original grade "First And Seconds", will provide the user with long, clear cuttings - best suited for high quality furniture, interior joinery and solid wood mouldings. Minimum board size is 6" (152mm) and wider and 8' (2.44m) and longer. The FAS grade includes a range of boards that yield from 83.3% (10⁄12ths) to 100% clear-wood cuttings over the entire surface of the board. The clear cuttings must be a minimum size of 3" (76mm) wide by 7' (2.13m) long or 4" (102mm) wide by 5' (1.52m) long. The number of these cuttings permitted depends on the size of the board with most boards permitting one to two. The minimum width and length will vary, depending on species and whether the board is green or kiln dried. Both faces of the board must meet the minimum requirement for FAS.

Timbersource are a leading online timber merchant in the UK, supplying American Ash timber to the joinery, carpentry, construction and building trade at competitive prices. To Contact Us click HERE

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Shepton Mallet, Somerset,
United Kingdom
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