Well, my wife tells me the two trials on translucent black look like I dropped the wood into a mud puddle! Maybe trans black is just not a good idea! I'm leaning heavily towards a vintage white-blond kinda look at this point. Especially since I've got a black guard on the way. Meanwhile, ramseybella, I got the Ash at a small local hardware store that is a storefront for a local plywood manufacturer. They have an amazing backroom full of crazy wood, and always have a great selection. It's called Hardel Do It Best. Here's a link: http://hardel.doitbest.com/home.aspx Problem with this store is they're only open M-F 10 - 5:00 or something crazy like that! I literally have to take time off work to go there! But, it's worth it. The eight-plus foot Ash board, 10.5 inches wide and a thick 1 3/4 was $92 including sales tax (8.4% in WA). Four blanks will cost me $23 each. Not bad! I'm off to do a swimming pool rout!