Sassafras

Scientific Name: Sassafras albidum

General Description
Sassafras heartwood is pale brown to orange brown, resembling ash or chestnut.  The narrow sapwood is yellowish white.  The wood has a coarse texture and is generally straight-grained.  Well-known as an aromatic species.

Working Properties
Sassafras is easily worked and takes a finish well.  It glues well and holds screws better than it nails, where pre-boring may be necessary to avoid splitting.  It requires care in drying as it has a tendency to check with small movement in performance.

Physical Properties
Medium strength in all categories except stiffness which is low.  Suitable for steam bending.

Specific Gravity: 0.46 (12% M.C.)
Average Weight: 497 kg/m3 (12% M.C.)
Average Volumetric Shrinkage: 8.2% (Green to 6% M.C.)
Modulus of Elasticity: 7722 MPa
Hardness: 2802 N

Availability
Lumber extremely limited.

Main Uses
Furniture, millwork and mouldings, windows, doors and door frames and kitchen cabinets.