I'm going to make windows and shutters for a certain project. I want to use ash. What do you think about this choice for a hot California climate? The building is close to the beach. The windows and shutters are going to be painted with a solid color.
(Architectural Woodworking Forum)
From contributor D:
Ash is a fairly light and strong wood but basswood seems to get used in the industry for blinds and some shutters. Itís not quite as hard or heavy without sacrificing the structural integrity.
To offset the panel weight consider adding extra hinges on the side that will receive them, or be sure you use a good size shutter hinge, not the 2" sizes. If doweling your joints, consider using a countersunk screw in addition on each corner to add strength. Overall I like the ash panels and find them to make superior panels and very attractive panels when stained. The pores in the wood might make ash a potential poor choice for painting.