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10-25-2010 06:03 AM

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Okay, I’ve got a chance to get a 20” x 20’ Sassafras Log. I’ve never worked with it, let alone remember seeing any lumber from it.

Is it worth my time to go mill this log up for lumber?

-- Darrell B.

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#1 posted 10-25-2010 06:37 AM

how fresh is it?

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#2 posted 10-25-2010 06:49 AM

felled today

-- Darrell B.

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#3 posted 10-25-2010 07:28 AM

Basically yes, it is worth using.
The wood has a strong grain and is relatively soft, comparable to poplar, with an interesting smell.

Where are you located?

-- Allan

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#4 posted 10-25-2010 07:31 AM

I would mill it if you have the means to do so. A fellow woodworking buddy buys it up when he can find it, it is rot resistant, very light weight like butternut, works like ash, and has a nice scent to it. An underrated lumber species in my book.

-- Scott, Colorado

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#5 posted 10-25-2010 07:32 AM

I’m in eastern Oklahoma…the log is in western Arkansas.

-- Darrell B.

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#6 posted 10-25-2010 05:39 PM

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#7 posted 10-25-2010 05:54 PM

ive milled some small pieces and really like it…my experience has been good with it…good luck

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#8 posted 10-25-2010 10:49 PM

I like it for a few reasons. It mills easily, and has good resistance to rot so it is good for outdoor projects. I also like the smell. It does produce a very fine dust so you should always wear a mask while milling.

When I was a kid, there was a number of sasafras stands around. However I never saw a large tree. Most were < 2” diameter. So I was shocked the first time I came across some lumber. I just thought it was an understory tree and never grew very large. I was always making something out of these. So working with the wood some 40 years later brings back great childhood memories.

-- Ron, Kutztown, PA "The reward is in the journey."

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#9 posted 10-25-2010 11:47 PM

personally I like sassafras. works well. A little on the soft side, smells great

-- mike & judy western md. www.

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#10 posted 10-26-2010 12:53 AM

Interesting links lew

-- Custom furniture

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#11 posted 10-26-2010 06:07 AM

Alright guy’s, you’ve convinced me to get this wood. Just sent a message to the landowner saying I want it. I look forward to working the wood.

Lew, I surely do appreciate the links and I did learn some things from them. I’ll definately be taking some precaution’s when working it.

thanks everyone for the advise.

-- Darrell B.

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