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Had to build some cedar fence to keep the dogs in. As usual, I had lots of bamboo on hand, so used that for the spindles and inside the Orca on the man-gate (my wife's an Orca freak, so that was a surprise for her).
Is this western cedar or or eastern red (aromatic) cedar? Is there any finish or wood preservative used?
I was thinking about using eastern red cedar for a fence, but concerned that the termites would eat the sapwood. The heartwood I'm confident would be OK. I can get cedar fairly cheaply from http://www.grantcedarmill.com up in Tennessee, but it has a lot of white sap-wood on it, as far as I can see from the photos.
@Dug - I guess that's why there's a zoom function!! lol The picture was actually a bike pic, but I didn't have any other photos of the fence. Do you recognize the make?
@Ocelot - This is western red cedar, milled locally (I'm on Vancouver Island). It's unfinished as yet because it's the rainy season - once the wood dries up, I'll finish it, but really torn as to what to use. We don't have termite issues here, so cedar, even untreated, lasts a very long time. But I'm really partial to keeping the colour as opposed to letting it weather to grey.
There are three main types of Cedar in the northwestern US. Incense Cedar often known locally as "pencil wood" because it is frequently used for that purpose. Western Red Cedar which is used primarily in deck construction. Those two are often interchanged for uses like fences and decks and hard to tell apart in the lumber form. Incense is a bit softer. Third is Port Orford Cedar also used in construction. All are quite insect and rot resistant.
Termites in the northwest need contact with moisture (soil) to survive so if you keep the wood away from moist soil they will not damage it. Carpenter ants have a similar life style to termites but seem to especially like cedar. They don't eat it but dig channels and holes for their nests.
Regardless of the coating you use they will eventually weather and turn grey shades when exposed to the elements. Cleaning, bleaching, and resealing every 2 to 3 years will bring back most of the color but that is a lot of work. I suggest you just let nature take it's course or use a stain based sealer to renew the color you want and reapply every 3-4 years on fences and every 2 years on decks. I particularly like Behr brand for this purpose.
When building fences and decks it is a good idea to let wet wood dry out first. Otherwise you can end up with good sized gaps between the boards when it does dry. I would only use kiln dried wood for a deck for that reason. Also if the wood was planed you should let it weather for a year or sand it before you put a sealer/stain on. The paning process forms a compress surface that does not accept the sealer/stain well and it will not last through the first winter.
Put in more pictures of the bike. LOL