It’s time to deep dive into the world of wood slabs once again. There's an array of wood types that possess all the qualities to be excellent solid wood dining tables. This include the sturdy Leadwood , the “King of Hardwoods” Teak and many more. Today, we are going to introduce another fine wood type that should be in the conversation for solid wood dining tables - Ashwood.
Ashwood trees are prevalently found in North America, particularly in Canada. The name “ash” comes from the word “spear”, as the leaves on these trees are often spear-shaped. It was also believed that ancient Nordic people used the wood from the Ash tree to make weaponry!
In recent times, Ashwood is still famous among the North American and European community for weaponry making such as the handles of hunting knives or wooden platings of guns. It’s also commonly used to make baseball bats as well .
One of the most common indicators of durability in the industry is the Janka scale which ranges from 0 to 4,000. A ranking of 0 means the lumber is very soft and not suitable for dining table usage. A ranking of 4,000 means that the lumber is extremely hard and difficult to mill. Ashwood has a hardness rating of 1,320 placing it in the acceptable range for solid wood dining tables with other popular wood types such as Walnut and Oak.
Ashwood’s hardness also ensures that it has exceptional shock resistance. This is also the reason why this timber is used to make baseball bats as it does not split or crack easily upon high impact. As such, Ashwood dining tables are immensely beneficial for homeowners, as they would not dent easily from minor accidents that may occur during meal times!
Ashwood has a versatile beige to light-brown colour tone. This light tone is easy to match with most interiors. It works particularly well in homes that are going for a Japanese or Scandinavian style interior as it blends well with the light brown aesthetic. However, one of the biggest advantages Ashwood has over other wood types is that it absorbs wood stains well. This allows homeowners to change the tone of their Ashwood dining table to any colour that works best for their home.
In terms of wood grains, Ashwood almost always has straight grains giving it a neat look. However, on rare occasions, there may be unique grain patterns such as swirls that are formed due to the varying conditions that the tree grew in.
Like all of our wood slabs, Ashwood is coated with a Rubio Monocoat finish. The Rubio Monocoat oil is engineered in such a way that it protects both the surface and core of the wood, giving it good protection against water and making it highly scratch-resistant. Simply clean the surface with a slightly damp lint-free cloth regularly for dusting. As wood is a natural material, it can be sensitive to temperature. As such, using coasters and placemats when serving food or drinks is strongly encouraged. For detailed care instructions with the Rubio Monocoat, click here.
Ashwood is a versatile wood species that is extremely durable, making it an ideal choice of material for your dining table. Its excellent shock resistance ensures that an Ashwood dining table is one that will last for decades to come. Moreover, its light coloured appearance and ability to absorb wood stains well, ensures you have an easy-to-match wood slab for your home.
If you’re interested in checking out the intriguing Ashwood, please head down to our showrooms today. We’d love to share our knowledge on wood slabs with you.