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Ash has a good workability and is able to hold a screw or nail quite well. Ash also takes glue well.
Ash is easy to work with and takes a finish well.
Mahogany Mahogany can reach towering heights of 175 feet or more and have a butressed trunk several feet in diameter.
Mahogany has a light purple or pink heartwood which darkens after being exposed to air. In contrast sapwood is an off-white to yellow color. Mahogany has a medium to course texture.
Mahogany is somewhat tricky to work with. Sharp tools are a must to prevent grain from being torn. Mahogany is quite easy to get a good surface for finishing and takes glue well.
Butternut Butternut (Juglans cinerea) can be found in south east United States and into southern Ontario and Quebec. Butternut can normally be found along clearings and edge of forests.
The tree itself grows quite tall sometimes reaching one hundred feet tall and 3 feet in diameter.
In general butternut has a white or light brown sapwood with brown or chestnut heartwood.
Butternut is easy to work with and takes a finish well.
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