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Ripping a Piece of CedarThe woods sold as cedar by fine wood purveyors are commonly a variety of species of wood, including Western Red Cedar, Spanish Cedar, Juniper and others. Some cedar species are idea for lining closets, dressers and chests, as the pleasant smell of the wood tends to repel many moths and other insects.

Cedar is a common wood for building outdoor projects, as it is more weather-resistant than a lot of other species of softwoods. Cedar left untreated tends to gray over time, which is a look that some people actually prefer over the freshly-cut cedar color.

In Building Projects with Cedar, discover a number of thoughts on working with these various species of wood, plus some ideas for restoring older cedar projects.

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August 28, 2012 at 8:02 pm
(1) Hancockip says:

“other species of hardwoods”. Isn’t cedar a soft wood?

August 28, 2012 at 8:53 pm
(2) woodworking says:

Hancockip, you are absolutely correct. Because cedar is a conifer, it falls into the softwood category. I’ve corrected my error in the post. Thanks for the heads-up!

September 5, 2012 at 9:33 am
(3) zepe says:

Another characteristic of Cedar is that some the acids in the wood repel some insects so it is less subject to that problem. I live in the Pacific Northwest and we have a lot of Western Red Cedar which is native to the area.

Because it is a very soft wood, about the only furniture it’s used for is outdoor or lawn furniture. It is also commonly used decks, porches, fence posts, etc. I prefer it to treated lumber, but it is more expensive. However, it does have less of a tendency to warp than does treated lumber.

It’s been my experience that when finished with a clear finish it tends to dry much darker than most other woods.


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