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Forum topic by Rxmpo posted 05-18-2008 10:45 PM 4774 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-18-2008 10:45 PM

Well, I wanted to make a few planter boxes for a patio and the only Cedar I could find to use was Aromatic Cedar. So, built the boxes and wondering how to finish them and or if I made a giant mistake making an outdoor project with this type of Cedar? Help would be appreciated!


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#1 posted 05-18-2008 11:04 PM

Mike, put a couple of coats of tung oil on them, if you want. Here in Texas, we make fence post out of aromatic cedar and they last for decades with nothing on them. We just cut ‘em and stick them in the ground. No fuss, no muss.

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#2 posted 05-18-2008 11:28 PM

They won’t rot. Insects don’t like cedar, that’s why people have cedar chests and cedar lined closets.

If you do use raw tung oil, you’ll have to reapply every so often as it will wear away with age. Spar uerathane or cwf will leave the color and not let the wood turn gray as fast and they are water resistant.

They used to be used for fence posts here too, i’ve found some on our land that my grandfather put in the ground 40 years ago. Now a days we my brother in law and dad split them and make posts for deer stands out of them.

-- Joey, Magee, Ms

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#3 posted 05-19-2008 12:38 AM

Or use polyurethane if you want to help keep the color. A very good wood to work with.

-- To those who fight for it, life has a flavor the protected never know. Unknown, on an empty C-ration box. Khe Sahn 1968

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#4 posted 05-19-2008 01:34 AM

I have made several outdoor items with this wood and all I ever did was put that spar urethane also on it,and have no problems. I made my fathers house numbers out of the same wood and it is on his house in the southern ca, heat and has not even changed colors.I love this wood! Plantar boxes look great out of this wood. Share them when your done!

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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#5 posted 05-19-2008 04:30 AM

Thank you all for the information! This is the first outdoor project I have done using anything other than treated lumber, so I was very nervous that I had made a mistake using Aromatic Cedar and not another form of Cedar! Obviously, I’m new to this end of the pool, so i greatly appreciate the advice and confirmation that I can in fact put these planters outside! Wheew!!! God, I love this website!

Thanks again,

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