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Botanical Name

Sassafras albidum

Other Names

Fenchelholz, Fennel Wood, Red Sassafras, Sassafras, Silky Sassafras, White Sassafras

Main Color Group

Medium Brown

Grain Pattern

Pronounced

Workability

Challenging

Avg Dry Weight - LB/FT3

31

Avg Dry Weight - KG/M3

495

Janka Hardness - LBF

630

Janka Hardness - Newtons

2800

The Sassafras genus is renowned for and distinguished by its aromatic properties. Its typically straight grains and coarse texture bear patterns which resemble Ash; and its generally tan to light brown coloration makes its appearance easy to mistake it as such, though sometimes tints ranging from pale orange to olive green can be present. Despite its relatively light dried weight (31 lbs/ft3 / 495 kg/m3), once dry it is considered to be dimensionally stable, with excellent durability and easy working properties.

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Sustainability: Not currently listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Common Uses: Furniture, utility lumber, boatbuilding and turnings.

Comments: Given the trees’ small profile, Sassafras is better known for the oil derived from its root bark and fruit than for the lumber it yields. Since never viewed as a commercially viable timber — despite being indigenous to the US — boards and even craft- and turning-sized pieces are not that commonly offered here.

Species Description: Wood Species

ImagePriceGradeDimensionsSKUBuyDescriptionhf:att:pa_grade
Sassafras
$10.4435.69 × 6.5 × 1 inSASSAF1016

Cracks.

b
Sassafras
$12.6645 × 6.25 × 0.94 inSASSAF1015

Knot.

b
Sassafras
$15.7658.38 × 6 × 1 inSASSAF1014
Out of stock

Crack, wormhole.

b
Sassafras
$16.1351.63 × 6.25 × 1 inSASSAF1013

Crack on end.

ab
Sassafras
$11.9240.75 × 6.5 × 0.94 inSASSAF1012

Wane.

b
Sassafras
$12.9144.13 × 6.5 × 0.94 inSASSAF1011

Wane.

b
Sassafras
$10.0736.5 × 6.13 × 0.94 inSASSAF1010

Knot. Light crack on end.

b
Sassafras
$8.8332 × 6.13 × 0.94 inSASSAF1009

Knot.

b
Sassafras
$14.6453.25 × 5 × 0.875 inSASSAF1008
Out of stock

Checks on one end.

a
Sassafras
$12.3544.9 × 5 × 0.875 inSASSAF1007

Wane on one edge.

a
Sassafras
$18.3147.875 × 8.5 × 0.937 inSASSAF1006

Open defect through both faces.

b
Sassafras
$27.5258.875 × 8.5 × 0.937 inSASSAF1005
Out of stock

Wane on one edge

a
Sassafras
$23.8056.75 × 7.625 × 0.937 inSASSAF1004
Out of stock

Crack on one end one edge.

a
Sassafras
$15.5237 × 7.625 × 0.937 inSASSAF1003
Out of stock

Small check on one end.

a
Sassafras
$17.8555 × 5.9 × 0.937 inSASSAF1002
Out of stock

Slight discoloration on one end.

a
Sassafras
$14.7641.687 × 5.9 × 0.937 inSASSAF1001
Out of stock

Wane one edge one end.

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