|Western Red Cedar|
|Western Red Cedar |
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DESCRIPTION: Slow growth, dense fiber & natural oily extractives are responsible for its decay resistance & its rich coloring, which ranges from a light milky straw color in the sapwood to a vanilla-chocolate in the heartwood. It is a stable wood that season easily & quickly, with a very low shrinkage factor. It is free of pitch & has excellent finishing qualities. Straight grain & a medium to coarse texture. Rated as durable to very durable in regard to decay resistance, though it is not resistant to insect attack. Fresh cut, this wood appears a salmon pink color which turns a coffee brown over time. Strong, aromatic scent when being worked.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Pacific Northwest United States/Canada
BOTANICAL NAME: Thuja plicata
WORKING PROPERTIES: Easy to work with hand or machine tools, though it dents & scratches very easily. Glues & finishes well.
USES: Shingles, exterior siding & lumber, boatbuilding, boxes, crates & musical instruments. Used in a number of applications ranging from rough-sawn lumber for use in home construction to clear quartersawn material for classical guitar soundboards.
JANKA HARDNESS: 350