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I made these doors about 5 years ago. 2” thick sassafras; clear top coat of shellac.
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#1 posted 09-06-2009 09:52 PM
Very nice job on the doors! We have sassafras trees growing here in Ny but they never seem to get very big. I had no idea it was such a nice looking wood.
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#2 posted 09-06-2009 10:21 PM
Good job Sam nice doors
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#3 posted 09-06-2009 11:20 PM
Sam, those are nice doors. Putting in your own custom doors gives your home a unique look. I have yet to work with sassafras despite it being relatively abundant here. But this certainly is an inspiration to get some the next time I buy some lumber.
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#4 posted 09-07-2009 12:46 AM
Thanks for the complements!
As far as Sassafras – - I abosolutely love working with it. It makes your shop smell so wonderful (but only for a while) and it cuts & works like a heavy styrofoam.
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#5 posted 09-07-2009 04:21 PM
The Sassafras that I’ve got looks a lot like Ash in its grain structure. It’s a lighter wood.
I’ve hears it said that the European Aristocrats of old did not feel that they had arrived until they had some Sassafras furniture. I love it.
Here is a blog that I posted 800 days ago on Sassafras
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#6 posted 09-07-2009 09:45 PM
I am really glad you posted this as I see Sassafras at my local lumber store but never saw it worked into any finished piece. You mentioned you used a clear shelac, how does it take stain? Do you have to use a sealer before staining? The owner of the lumber dealer also said Sassafras is a very good outdoor wood, almost as good as Cedar but much less expensive.
#7 posted 09-07-2009 11:12 PM
Sassafas takes stain very well. It works like a dream. I’ve used stain before but didn’t have to use a sealer. A sealer would probably not be a bad idea as the grain tends to be wild in places. The wood (at least all that I have used) is vey stable. I am going to redo all of the interior doors in my house with raised panel doors and will be using sassafras.
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#8 posted 09-08-2009 02:31 PM
Nice doors Sam.
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#10 posted 09-09-2009 01:31 AM
Nothing like the natural wood look Sam. Nice job
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