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ash cabinet repair

Posted by stash-hdy (My Page) on
Wed, Mar 24, 10 at 19:45

I have ash kitchen cabinets that I need to repair. Installed a microwave and there a gap at the top of the microwave. Its 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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RE: ash cabinet repair

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.


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RE: ash cabinet repair

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


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


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RE: ash cabinet repair

Ash is actually rather easy to find.

Here is a link that might be useful: Ash lumber


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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)


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RE: ash cabinet repair

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

Yet.


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RE: ash cabinet repair

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.


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RE: ash cabinet repair

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.


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