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I made these doors about 5 years ago. 2” thick sassafras; clear top coat of shellac.

-- Sam





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Joanne

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#1 posted 1810 days ago

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.

-- Joanne, New York, www.creationhollow.com

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#2 posted 1810 days ago

Good job Sam nice doors

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 1810 days ago

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.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Sam Yerardi

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#4 posted 1810 days ago

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.

-- Sam

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Karson

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#5 posted 1809 days ago

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

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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jake

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#6 posted 1809 days ago

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.

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Sam Yerardi

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#7 posted 1809 days ago

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.

-- Sam

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 1808 days ago

Nice doors Sam.

Lee

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Sam Yerardi

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#9 posted 1808 days ago

Thanks Lee

-- Sam

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#10 posted 1808 days ago

Nothing like the natural wood look Sam. Nice job

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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Sam Yerardi

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#11 posted 1808 days ago

Thanks Grumpy

-- Sam

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