Milling rough Western Red Cedar.

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Forum topic by Steve posted 01-23-2017 04:06 AM 1386 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-23-2017 04:06 AM

Have a lift of Western Red Cedar in my shop that is really in the way, I purchased it for a job which was cancelled, so I decided to start building Cedar chests. I really enjoy working with the Cedar as there are so many different grains and colours, from reds to white. As everyone knows its a real soft wood and easily damaged. When I purchased the wood it was graded as clear but when I got it home and went through the lift there were a few knots and wayne on the boards. I cut all of the knots out of the wood and trimmed it to length with not to much waste. I then ran it through my Jointer for one face and edge, then through my thickness planer and tablesaw to get close to dimension. Then I did the glue up, waited till it was set and ran it through the thickness planer again. That was enough work for today, tomorrow cut the panels to final dimension, finger joint the corners and start putting the chests together, only two chests for now to see how they turn out.

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#1 posted 01-23-2017 05:02 AM

I like how the shop smells after working with cedar. Looking forward to seeing your completed chests.

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#2 posted 01-23-2017 05:45 AM

Cedar has a truly delicious smell when being worked. One of the most potent, and my personal favorite, is the subspecies Port Orford White Cedar.

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#3 posted 01-23-2017 10:54 PM

Steve, you might have the cleanest shop I have ever seen.

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#4 posted 01-23-2017 11:22 PM

Beautiful stack of wood there. Can’t wait to see the finished product.

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#5 posted 01-26-2017 02:48 AM

Almost got the Chests done, 2 lids to make, clear finish and hardware to install.

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