Western Red Cedar

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Blog entry by Bill posted 09-12-2007 06:29 PM 3060 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was an interesting article on Western Red Cedar.

Funny thing is, I live in California and the local lumber yards do not carry Western Red Cedar. They do carry Cedar for fencing, but nothing else. And they wonder why I specifically want Western Red Cedar to build outdoor furniture. Oh well, maybe I will find a source yet.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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Damian Penney

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#1 posted 09-12-2007 06:40 PM

Here in California redwood is a great alternative to cedar.

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#2 posted 09-12-2007 06:53 PM

Yes, I have used that too Damian. But, I would like to try the cedar as well. I am not content with the quality of the redwood we have available, not to mention the price. But, it is just a cost of doing business.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#3 posted 09-12-2007 07:15 PM

Bill I have recently tried to locate Western Red Cedar for a project. It was tough to locate and when I finally did it was $3 bucks a linear foot…Yikes! I was looking for dimensional (2×4) that made it even tougher..


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#4 posted 09-12-2007 10:24 PM

I ave trouble,finding any speciaty wood, so i take a sm,log about 4 ft long and rip what i need.with a chainsaw i block it where it wont roll, and first saw a striaght mark about 1 in. deep then cut on down through then move over what thickness i need,and do the same.then run it through the need a sharp saw and remove the bark first.also you might want to locate a small saw mill,they will cut what you need if they have it.GOOD LUCK

-- Robert, [email protected]

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#5 posted 09-13-2007 12:47 AM

I love red cedar. I am looking for a source in the Oklahoma area myself.

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#6 posted 09-13-2007 02:56 AM

Bill, take a look at this site: Western Red Cedar Lumber Association. I think it might help you find a supplier.

Insert usual disclaimer here as I do not have any connection with them. Google’s my friend though.

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#7 posted 09-13-2007 04:58 PM

Thanks Jojo. I looked up my area, and the closest one listed is Gilroy, over 50 miles away. Amazing…

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#8 posted 09-14-2007 07:42 AM

I bought some tight knot cedar 2×4 decking (slightly more rounded edges) to replace my mom’s porch/deck last weekend. We paid $10 per 2×4x8, so about $1.25/lf…they wanted $24 for a 2×6x8 of this stuff. If you select clear cedar boards it gets to be pretty spendy…

Bill, here’s a local NW outfit with prices on all kinds of Western Red Cedar products just for comparison’s sake:

Dunn Lumber

For some reason I can’t track down any of the 2x stock on the site…

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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