Let’s face it, when it comes to cafe furniture nothing beats well-crafted timber for looks, durability, and styling. It can be used to make one solid piece of furniture, or alternatively it’s great alongside other materials such as chrome or steel. Usually if you’re looking for timber or part timber furniture you’ll opt for oak or pine. However there’s another great contender which is often overlooked and that’s ash. This particular timber has many key benefits over other woods, so with this in mind, let’s take a closer look at a selection of them.
Hard wearing yet delicate looking
There’s no denying that timbers such as oak and pine are beautiful, but if you’re looking for something a little different, then you might want to consider ash. Unlike oak which can look as solid and robust as it feels, ash delivers a more delicate texture. Therefore it won’t overpower a particular style or design. Lighter white ash timber for example goes exceptionally well with chrome to create a fresh Mediterranean look, while the deeper honey colour of black ash creates a warming homely feel perfect for accompanying darker metals, such as those found on Tolix stools. Either way they have a unique delicate feel about them that oak or pine can’t always match.
The striping effect or grain in the wood is the pattern that you see when the timber has been treated and finished. Oak wood for example generally has both a regular and radial grain which give a regular swirly pattern when the wood is cut. Conversely, ash timber has more variation in the grain because it gives a curvy grain pattern. For this reason ash provides more of an individual finish which brings out it’s uniqueness.
Durable yet sensitive
You may be surprised to learn that ash is one of the hardest woods used in furniture construction. That’s why it’s also the wood of choice in the manufacture of goods such as baseball bats, canoe paddles, and hockey sticks, where users want a combination of strength and lightness. This is also why it’s perfect for use in busy cafe’s. It’s more resistant to splitting or warping than pine and maple, yet it’s more flexible in terms of versatility than beech. Ash also has a Janka rating of 1320. This is the measurement of the impact on wood to resisting dents. 1320 is right up there between red and white oak, so it can definitely hold its own.
The next time you consider all or combination wood/metal furniture then you really should consider ash. Here at Cafe Chairs Sydney we have a wide variety of ash/metal combination furniture that works so well together. Why not log on to our website and take a closer look for yourself. You’ll be amazed at what you can get for your money.