Description: Eastern red cedar has a thin, white sapwood, while the heartwood is red to deep reddish-brown. The sapwood may be in stripes, alternating with stripes of heartwood. The wood is moderately low in strength and stiffness, but it is high in shock resistance. It has a straight grain, almost always with knots present. Has a very fine even texture. The heartwood is highly resistant to decay and attack by insects, including termites. The red cedar tree is extremely slow growing.
Workability: Cedar is asy to work with using either hand or machine tools and has a straight grain. It has tight knots, which can add to the beauty of the wood but can present challenges in working with it. It shrinks little during drying and is good dimensional stability. It is easy to work and has moderate hardness. It splits easily, and has good nailing and gluing properties.
Common Uses: Fence posts, closet and chest linings, carvings, outdoor furniture, pencils, bows, and small wooden specialty items.
Widths: Mostly 6″
Lengths: Mostly 8′
Surfacing: Skip planed
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