Sassafras raised panel closet doors

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Project by Sam Yerardi posted 09-06-2009 08:58 PM 4534 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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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#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.

-- Joanne, New York,

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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.

-- 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 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.

-- Sam

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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

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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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.

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Sam Yerardi

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#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.

-- Sam

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#8 posted 09-08-2009 02:31 PM

Nice doors Sam.


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Sam Yerardi

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#9 posted 09-08-2009 03:41 PM

Thanks Lee

-- Sam

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#10 posted 09-09-2009 01:31 AM

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 09-09-2009 03:09 AM

Thanks Grumpy

-- Sam

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