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Ash for fence posts?

Discussion in 'Milling & Saw Mills' started by sachsmo, Feb 28, 2012.

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    We have many White Ash (dead) on the property. How would these hold up?

    The woods is pretty dense, so most look like telephone poles.
     
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    Ash in MY damp ground will last about 5 years, if i'm lucky...

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    You probably wouldn't like replacing them in the not so distant future. Stick with Osage Orange, or Cedar, if you have it.
     
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    Ash rots very quickly here - within months if in ground contact. Good wood for spalting but not for fence posts. Black locust was the preferred wood for fence posts. Very rot resistant and small, weedy trees that aren't good for much else. Mostly replaced by PT now. I have some black locust posts in a split rail fence that have lasted 25 years.
     
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    Second that. Locust will be there long after the ash is history. I use it all the time for in-ground structures. Just be sure to skin the bark.
     
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    Ash is a wonderful wood to work with. It iseasy to dry, cuts achines routs sands and finishes easily. It can be finished t look like oak or left blond or painted. It is great for furniture but I would not use it outside, even as painted exterior trim on a house.
     
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    Thanks for the replies

    I have a butt load of telephone pole Ash from 12 on up to 30+. Damned Ash Borer killed them all!

    Mostly thinking along the line of a timber "guard rail" over the ditch.
     
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    Didn't they use Ash for paddle wheelers?
     

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