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American Oak by ASH

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America’s favourite hardwood – made for Australia

  • / Easy to work, cut, stain & build
  • / Crown cut (back sawn)
  • / Straightened edge
  • / Fault docked
  • / Stain to suit your needs

Not American White Oak, not American Red Oak…
American Oak by ASH. 

American Oak by ASH is an improvement in the method America’s favourite hardwood is supplied to Australia. Processed in Victoria, handpicked by region and colour, graded and packed to meet Australian manufacturer’s requirements; American Oak by ASH is a stunning yet sustainable hardwood of vast availability. American Oak by ASH is consistently blonde in appearance and is closer to that of typical Engineered Oak flooring.

Processed in Australia, American Oak by ASH is uniquely available in packs graded to ‘Australian Standards’ and processes. These are then packed into manageable ~1.5m cubic metre packs, set width x set thickness x random lengths, straight line cut after drying and defect docked.

For anyone familiar with American Oak, they know this creates an improved price, well graded, straight and stable product with no grade surprises – fit for Australia’s volume markets and accessible to all.

Benefits of American Oak by ASH Timber

Straightened edge
Set dimensioned
Crown Cut (Back Sawn)
Fault docked
~30% saving in waste
Gauged to thickness
Small packs
Sustainable resource
Machines well
Select grade
Stains well

American Oak by ASH Characteristics

Colour Blonde to light brown
Grain Straight open and even grained and coarse textured
Density Medium density 730 KG/m3
Janka 6.0 kN
Stability High (back sawn)
Cutting Very Good
Bending Medium bending strength
Glueing Very Good
Lyctus Susceptible Yes
Nail holding Very Good
Durability Above ground – Class 3

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American oak is growing 100.7 million m3 per year while the harvest is 52 million m3 per year. 

American Oak by ASH uses PEFC Controlled source material to ensure the best practices are met in terms of sustainability.

American Oak is selectively harvested and takes 0.57 seconds to grow 1m3.

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What is American Oak?

American Oak is the dominant hardwood species grown in the USA. Combined, more than 94.8 million cubic metres of American Oak is grown every year with 54.8 million cubic metres harvested – dwarfing hardwood volumes grown in Australia. The oak forests of USA are therefor increasing by 39.9 million m3 per annum (source 1 + source 2). This vast availability, attractive look and performance of American Oak by ASH make it the perfect material for volume and architectural markets – where consistency is required.

American Oak is usually divided into two main categories – ‘American Red Oak’ (Quercus Rubra) or ‘American White Oak’ (Quercus Alba). Each consist of multiple subspecies with varied colour and performance depending on geographical location, climate and growing speed.

What colour is American Oak?

American Oak by ASH is different to other American Oak alternatives in the market. It is easily interchangeable for White Oak. It is not as olive-brown in colour as white oak, nor is it pink in colour like typical American Red Oak. It is blonde in appearance – close to that of typical Engineered Oak flooring.

What does American Oak by ASH look like and how does it differ?

American Oak by ASH is not as olive-brown in colour as American White Oak nor is it pink in colour like typical American Red Oak. It is blonde in colour – closer to that of typical Engineered Oak flooring. Generally straight grained, crown cut, coarse textured and distinctive in appearance – American Oak by ASH can easily be moulded, shaped, laminated, painted or stained to suit your décor needs.

Where is American Oak from?

American Oak is almost exclusively grown in North America and is a dominant species in the U.S. hardwood forests. American Oak trees are tall and are grown both on mountains and low lands giving rise to different characteristics depending on location.

Is American Oak expensive?

American Oak by ASH is one of the most affordable American Oak offerings in Australia. By manufacturing it right here in Victoria, we are able to process American Oak the same way we process Australian hardwoods. What does this mean? ASH have done all the hard work for you.

American Oak by ASH is straight line cut, fault docked and packed in small, affordable packs. You no longer need to buy volumes of random widths or spend hours docking out defects. This saves at least 30% in actual costs.

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