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Sassafras is a hardwood originating in New South Wales, not to be confused with Tasmanian or southern sassafras. It is yellowish grey or brown to dark brown. Its grain is usually straight and the texture very even. 

The variations in colour make it a popular material for customised items. It is used for cabinet drawer sides, brushware, small tool handles, turnery, and plywood.

Sassafras is firm but easy to work. It glues well, and its uniform surface provides a good base for paints.

Appearance

The grain of sassafras is usually straight and the texture very even. In colour it is yellowish grey or brown to dark brown.

Common Applications

Sassafras is used for plywood, small tool handles, cabinet drawer sides, brushware and turnery.

Common Form

Veneer

Workability

Sassafras is firm but easy to work. It glues well and its uniform surface provides a good base for paints.

Origin of Timber

NSW

Readily Available

NSW

Availability - Further Information

Sassafras is readily available as a seasoned timber, particularly for craft purposes. This timber is not to be confused with NSW sassafras - oryphora sassafras.

Availability - Further Information

Native Forest

Shrinkage

Very Low Low Medium High Very High

Tangential :

5.80%

Radial:

2.20%

Unit Movement Tangential:

0.34%

Unit Movement Radial:

0.18%

Strength Group

Very High

High

Reasonably High

Medium High

Medium

Reasonably Low

Low

Very Low

Unseasoned:

S1

S2

S3

S4

S5

S6

S7

Seasoned:

SD1

SD2

SD3

SD4

SD5

SD6

SD7

SD8

Stress Grade

Structural
No. 1
Structural
No. 2
Structural
No. 3
Structural
No. 4
Structural
No. 5

Unseasoned:

F11

F8

F7

F5

F4

Seasoned:

F17

F14

F11

F8

F7

Density per Standard

Seasoned:

590kg/m3

Unseasoned:

910kg/m3

Joint Group

Very High

High

Reasonably High

Medium

Low

Very Low

Unseasoned:

J1

J2

J3

J4

J5

J6

Seasoned:

JD1

JD2

JD3

JD4

JD5

JD6

Colour

  White, yellow, pale straw to light brown Pink to pink brown Light to dark red Brown, chocolate, mottled or streaky
   

Mechanical Properties

Modulus of Rupture - Unseasoned:

55

Modulus of Rupture - Seasoned:

85

Modulus of Elasticity - Unseasoned:

10

Modulus of Elasticity - Seasoned:

12

Maximum Crushing Strength - Unseasoned:

30

Maximum Crushing Strength - Seasoned:

50

Impact - Unseasoned:

10

Impact - Seasoned:

9

Toughness - Unseasoned:

Low - up to 15 Nm

Toughness - Seasoned:

Low - up to 15 Nm

Hardness - Unseasoned:

2.1

Hardness - Seasoned:

3.4

Durability

Low Moderate Reasonably High High
(0 - 5 yrs) (5 - 15 yrs) (15 - 25 yrs) (more than 25 yrs)

In-Ground:

(0 - 7 yrs) (7 - 15 yrs) (15 - 40 yrs) (More than 40 yrs)

Above ground:

(0 - 20 yrs, usually < 5) (21 - 40 yrs) (41 - 64 yrs) (More than 60 yrs)

Marine Borer Resistance:

Lyctid Borer Susceptibility:

Not Susceptible

Lyctid Borer Susceptibility - Other:

Termite Resistance:

Not Resistant

Fire Properties

1 - non-combustible 2 - reasonably non-combustible 3 - slightly combustible 4 - combustible

Fire Properties Group
Number:

Group Number - Other:

3 if used on MDF or particleboard ≥12mm; veneer thickness 0.6-0.85mm

Average Specific Extinction Area:

<250

Bushfire Resistance:

BAL 12.5 and 19 – All AS3959 required applications

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