Mountain Ash

               

 

Botanical name

Eucalyptus regnans

Origin

Mountain Ash grows in the mountain areas of Tasmania and eastern Victoria.

Trading names

Mountain Ash

A mixture of two similar species--Alpine Ash and Mountain Ash--is often marketed as Vic Ash or Victorian Ash.

Appearance

Heartwood

pale pink or pale straw.

 

Sapwood

not clearly distinguishable.

 

Texture

moderately coarse.

 

Grain

usually straight but sometimes wavy.

 

Growth rings

conspicuous.

General comment

Relatively easy to work.

Good for steam bending.

Glues satisfactorily.

Needs much care in drying because of proneness to collapse and internal checking, as well as surface checking on the tangential surface.

Reconditioning is standard practice.

For good-quality boards it is usual practice to quarter cut the logs.

Common uses

General construction, furniture, plywood, joinery, panelling, flooring, oars, skis, agricultural implements, handles, cooperage, wood wool.

Properties
(See notes below)

Hardness rating

Average Hardness Rating - Dry: Soft


Lyctid Susceptibility of Sapwood

Not susceptible
(source AS 5604)


Termite Resistance of Heartwood (inside above ground)

Not resistant
(source AS 5604)


Marine Borer Resistance of Heartwood

Class 4
(source AS 5604)


Natural Durability Rating of Heartwood Above Ground

Class 3
(source AS 5604)


Natural Durability Rating of Heartwood In-Ground Contact

Class 4
(source AS 5604)

 

Notes

Density: 'Green Density' (GD) is the density of the wood at the time the living tree is felled. It varies considerably with the season, weather conditions, the age of the tree and so on; the quoted figure must therefore be accepted as a guideline only and when accurate green density figures are required for, say, assessment of transport costs, it is advisable to carry out accurate determinations on the materials involved.

'Dry Density' or 'Air Dry Density' (ADD) is the average density of the wood at 12 per cent moisture content. It too varies with conditions of growth, climate and maturity of wood.

There are published figures for both Green Density and Air Dry Density of most commercial species.

The figures given above have been rounded to the nearest 50.

Hardness rating: the hardness rating of a timber species is measured by the Janka Test. This is a standard test which measures the penetration into the timber of a common load and projectile. The results relate to a hardness capacity of the material and are expressed in kN. This information is useful where the timber may be subject to potential damage from impacts e.g. a dance floor. There are 2 sets of published figures; one for 'Green' or freshly felled timber and one for seasoned timber - i.e. timber with a moisture content of 12%.

The ratings given here are:
  Soft - less than 5.5
  Moderate - 5.5 to 7.0
  Hard - 7.1 to 10.0
  Very Hard - greater than 10.0.

Lyctid susceptible sapwood: Only the sapwood of some hardwoods is susceptible to lyctid borer attack. No softwoods are susceptible to attack.

Natural durability ratings: The natural durability rating of a timber species is a rating of the timber's resistance to attack by wood destroying fungi and wood destroying insects. The sapwood of all timber species has poor resistance and so the natural durability rating applies only to the heartwood of a timber species. The rating is based on the testing of stakes and poles embedded in the ground and on expert opinion of historical performance. There are 2 sets of ratings: one for above ground use and one for in-ground contact use. The lower the number the higher the performance in terms of durability. This information is useful for specifying material for external or exposed applications.