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Western Red Cedar 

Thuja plicata

Description

The largest North American cedar. Heartwood varies from pale yellow to a dark brown and can do so over a two hundred millimetre length! Very prominent growth rings and usually straight grained.

Workability

Easy to Work.

Applications

Commonly used for window and door joinery.

Availability

Readily available. We have boards up to 250 x 100 but they are not fully dry.

Hardness

Janka 1.5   380kg/m3.  This is nearly as soft as it gets.

Durability

Durable.

At a Glance
Turning:   Good
Machining:   Excellent
Bending:   Good
Sanding:   Easy to sand but the dust can be very irritating.
Nailing/Screwing:   Excellent
Glueing:   Excellent
Timber Coating:   Can leach a yellow colouring which can stain paintwork.
Oil:   Excellent
Note 1   Excellent for external joinery but it won't take the hard knocks.
Note 2  

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