Another reason we use these woods are because of their “shock resistant properties”. These woods hold up very well to repeated stress caused by shock and vibration. And it’s the perfect wood to use on dummy frames. Think about the amount of shock and stress that the frame has to take. This is why Ash is also the number one choice for manufacturing Baseball bats and Axe handles out of. If you have a wooden baseball bat lying around chances are that it’s made out of Ash or Oak.
And even though Ash has a marginally higher rating on the scale, Red Oak tends to weigh a little more which makes it great for dummy building.
Finally, Ash and Oak sands and stains very well. This is why a lot of furniture manufacturers choose to build out of these types of wood.
We also offer additional upgraded hardwoods as well. We make dummies out of Black Walnut (Janka 1010), Cherry (Janka 995), Sapele (Janka 1510) and Hard Maple (Janka 1450). Remember that all types of wood are unique and have different characteristics. Black Walnut may not be as hard as Ash or Oak, however it’s visually stunning to look at due to it’s sweeping grain patterns and multiple color variations. Cherry is an American classic that has been used in the construction of fine furniture throughout history and naturally darkens over time. African Sapele (Mahogany) has a natural “Ribboning effect with a deep lusture. Sapele wood is often used unstained due to the woods natural color and beauty. So hardness isn’t the only thing to consider when it comes to selecting a wood. Sometimes you just want to have the very best or need something that’s visually stunning. In these situations you may want to consider the various different types of wood to satisfy your needs.