Sassafras heartwood is pale brown to orange brown, resembling ash or chestnut. The narrow sapwood is yellowish white. The wood has a coarse texture and is generally straight grained. Well known as an aromatic species.
Sassafras is easily worked and takes a finish well. It glues well and holds screws better than it nails, where pre-boring may be necessary to avoid splitting. It requires care in drying as it has a tendency to check with small movement in performance.
Medium strength in all categories except stiffness, which is low. Suitable for steam bending.
Sassafras is very resistant to heartwood decay in exposed damp conditions. The sapwood is liable to attack by the powder post beetle. The heartwood is moderately resistant to preservative treatment but the sapwood is permeable.
Furniture, interior and exterior joinery, windows, doors and door frames and kitchen cabinets.