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Steve Kreins

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01-27-2014 05:08 PM

Topic tags/keywords: cedar question resource use cedar finishing

Cedar is such a beautiful wood, readily available and cheep. Why don’t I see many projects using it? Other than outdoor furniture. And yes I know it’s soft.

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#1 posted 01-27-2014 05:13 PM

Having just made an all cedar chest using eastern aromatic cedar, I have one word for you: knots.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#2 posted 01-27-2014 05:15 PM

I’ll add “splits”..... best to pre-drill, and use fairly thick stock.

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#3 posted 01-27-2014 08:00 PM

When I still lived in the US I used aromatic t&g cedar for draw bottoms & dresser backs.

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#4 posted 01-27-2014 08:42 PM

As mentioned already it will split pretty easily. I have a ton of it right now that came in a pile of stuff I bought sight unseen from a local sawyer. Really not sure what I’m going to do with that much cedar myself, but I have a few odd ideas.

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#5 posted 01-27-2014 09:00 PM

I think knots are the biggest issue for me furniture applications. In Maine, most cedar available locally has at least 1 knot per linear foot. Splitting is also no fun for the thin stuff. I did build a log cabin out of it though, and its a joy to work with.

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#6 posted 01-28-2014 03:12 AM

I use a lot of cedar, about 500-600 board feet a year . I make small foot long boxes mostly and like working with it. I have also built about 25 trunks of cedar, over the years, each about 32” long. Knots have to be dealt with but I have little trouble with splitting.

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#7 posted 01-28-2014 03:46 AM

Make a cedar chest. They never grow old.

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#8 posted 01-28-2014 07:59 AM

Raised beds for avid gardeners

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#9 posted 01-28-2014 11:22 AM

I have some cedar given to me by my dad who found several what he believes to be posts partially buried on his property. The sapwood didn’t look to great, but I milled it down and the heartwood looks amazing, the smell is great too! I don’t know about making a full chest out of this stuff, but for lining a closet or chest, I think it would work great. BTW just checked at the orange big box store and a box of aromatic cedar was over $62, for not that much of it.

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#10 posted 01-28-2014 11:42 AM

Knots, splitting, soft, not durable with any finish. (dents very easily)
I have a bunch of it, and it just sits on my wood racks. I used to have a LOT more, but traded a lot of it to a fellow for a load of walnut. He wanted it for a closet for his wife.

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#11 posted 01-28-2014 11:49 AM

The more I use Cedar, the more the dust bothers me.

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#12 posted 01-28-2014 12:01 PM


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#13 posted 01-28-2014 02:49 PM

There’s cedar and then there’s cedar. Could our posts on a topic like this include whether it’s Tennessee red, or western, or Cedar Walton? Or “cedar pyramids along the Nile…watch the sunset on a tropic isle….” Oops got carried away there.



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