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Maple or ash?

I'm picking wood for my next project, a toy box. I'm thinking either maple or ash. Any thought on either? I've worked a little with maple but never done anything with ash.
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I think ash, especially southern ash would be easier to work with than maple.
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Sounds like a worthwhile project. Just make sure that you provide some openings for ventilation in case a kid gets stuck in the toy box. Our kids had a plastic giraffe for a toy box. The "saddle" covered the opening. Our daughter got in it to get a toy. Her little brother put the saddle in it and them sat on the saddle. Mean little kid! The giraffe had a two inch hole in one end. Now he has five kids- payback time!

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It sounds like ash is pretty similar to oak?

I want to engrave her name and fill it with a tinted epoxy. Probably a shade of purple, so I'm thinking that the box being on the lighter side will allow the purple to stand out a bit more. Most of what I've read about ash, they talk about how it takes stain. How does it look unstained?
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Sounds like a worthwhile project. Just make sure that you provide some openings for ventilation in case a kid gets stuck in the toy box. Our kids had a plastic giraffe for a toy box. The "saddle" covered the opening. Our daughter got in it to get a toy. Her little brother put the saddle in it and them sat on the saddle. Mean little kid! The giraffe had a two inch hole in one end. Now he has five kids- payback time!
Yep, this will be the third one I've done...

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ash is very open grained, yes similar to oak. lighter in color, but can have some dark areas. actually prefer it unstained, have to ensure that you sanded very consistently for a good stain job.
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I think Ash is beautiful when stained with a Walnut stain. Lots of grain.

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My mom's house had a piece of ash flooring stuck in the middle of a maple floor.
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Piece of ash with a few different types of finishes/stains.. The darker area at the top left is with Watco walnut Danish oil. Just to the right is linseed oil and the bottom right is some Formbys stuff-er-another.. .looks more like oak than oak.. lol The pieces of ash I have also have some really interesting figuring to it you don't typically see in oak nearly as much..


I should start my own product line and call it stuff-er-another.. Forget all the ambiguity..We're getting really specific here..

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Green ash is easier to work with then hard maple. Up here in Minnesota we have the emerald ash borer beetle so there are tens of thousands of trees coming down and could be milled into lumber. I took two ash from my property and milled them into 8/4 boards and air dried them. Those boards have made some really nice projects.


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Thanks all. I think I'll give it a try. I found a new lumber yard and they said they have some on hand. I'll give it a look.
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