Baked Ash Suitable for a Tote?

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11-19-2013 07:03 PM

Topic tags/keywords: ash kiln baked tote plane hand plane jointer dried

A couple months ago I was picking up some scrap lumber from a local hardwood supplier and I came across two pieces of this dark looking wood, the employee told me it was also Ash that had been baked. He said that it still cuts and works like regular Ash but a little bit easier. I’m not sure if when he said ‘baked’, if he meant kiln dried or something different, I’m not super familiar with kiln drying.

I’m wondering if this wood is suitable for making a tote to use on a wooden jointer plane I am making with inspiration from Mos and DonW .

I took a couple quick shavings off of it last night and it feels fairly soft, although it is heavy, definitely not as heavy as a regular piece of ash. The darker area of this piece is what I planed, it planed almost effortlessly, I didn’t even have it clamped down, the shavings were still stringy but seemed much softer than ‘un-baked’ ash. Have any of you worked with wood like this? Do you think its too soft to make a tote with?

Sorry for the picture quality I didn’t realize how crappy this one looked when I took it, there is a piece of regular ash behind the dark one to contrast it.


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#1 posted 11-19-2013 08:15 PM

Never ran into “Baked” Ash before i’ve worked with lots of White Ash (Very hard stuff and tricky to plane sometimes)

I made myself a little tote out of cedar about 4 months ago, I know its not ideal but so far it has held up very well.

Speaking of Portland did you ever see the episode of Portlandia with the woodworker? ( The Man Issue )

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#2 posted 11-19-2013 09:10 PM

I think you mean Heat treated Ash. I was at my local supplier and I though it was wenge in the rough. Has a nice dark color consistent through out the board…I can not answer the tote question

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#3 posted 11-19-2013 09:10 PM

The main body I am making this plane out of is ash, yeah its hard stuff, and I was just going to go ahead and use my ‘baked’ ash for the tote but as soon as I broke out the Hercules and took a couple shavings it seemed pretty soft so now I don’t know.

Yes that Portlandia short of The Man Issue is hysterical, I love the noises he makes for the power tools. Did you see the very first episode where they are at the Gilt club about to order lunch and want to know more about where the chicken came from, Is It Local? . I about died laughing when I watched it, seriously there are people like that in PDX!


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#4 posted 11-19-2013 11:27 PM

Woodendeavor, you are probably right, he must have meant heat-treated, makes sense too because I did find some info about heat-treated lumber on the interwebz. It’s interesting because it says it increases the woods hardness, but it sure doesn’t seem like it, I guess I just need to make something out of it and see how it turns out.


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#5 posted 11-20-2013 05:48 AM

Yeah, heat treated or “torrefied” wood. With maple it makes it harder but more brittle. I don’t see much of an issue with making a tote from it as long as it’s not super brittle. Cherry or mahogany aren’t terribly hard but make extremely nice totes. I’m curious how it turns out, though.

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