ash cabinet repair

stash-hdyMarch 24, 2010

I have ash kitchen cabinets that I need to repair. Installed a microwave and there a gap at the top of the microwave. ItÂs hard to fine ash so can I use oak instead? The finish is a dark stain which I will have to play with to get a match. Will the grain pattern be close enough so it won't be noticeable? The strip I will add will show about 1 inch across the top of the microwave frame.

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bobismyuncle

If you pick carefully, a small strip like this will probably be close enough. Be aware that ash and oak can take the same stain very differently, so run a lot of trials until you get a good match.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2010 at 8:30PM
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HandyMac

If you could use white oak, that might be more easily stained to match the ash. Red oak is darker to start.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2010 at 10:08PM
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bobismyuncle

The other thing you might try is to find a woodworker who will cut some trim for you from ash.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2010 at 7:29AM
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brickeyee

Ash is actually rather easy to find.

Here is a link that might be useful: Ash lumber

    Bookmark   March 25, 2010 at 7:47AM
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bobismyuncle

Well, maybe. Within a half-day's drive of Detroit, ash is being infected with emerald ash borer. Quarantined counties prohibit transportation of logs or firewood across county lines. The big mill I know in Indiana quit processing ash a couple of years ago. I'm sure I could still find some today, but it's getting less common in this area (Ohio River Valley)

    Bookmark   March 25, 2010 at 12:31PM
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HandyMac

I just bought some ash, born and grown in KC Mo., from a local sawyer. No emerald ash borer problems here .

Yet.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2010 at 1:20PM
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brickeyee

Kiln drying eliminates the ash borer, so the only real issue is moving the wood from cutting to processing.

My local hardwood dealer still has plenty of ash available, as to any number of the mail order places.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2010 at 9:10AM
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sam12587

Hi,
I have ash cabinets & stumbled on this while researching something.
You can find ash lumber on Ebay if you can't find it at local woodworking supply shops.
I ended up using Ebay to get my new peices because it was cheaper then the local places. However, that's probably not the case everywhere.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2010 at 5:51PM
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