Real Cedar Information Video
I seal my Western Red Cedar Furniture?
If so, what do you recommend?
These are the most asked questions that we
receive. All the furniture we currently sell online
are shipped to you unfinished. They are sanded
smooth and all the edges are rounded over. So,
now I ask you do you like the colors of the cedar
as it is now? If so, we would recommend you
seal it immediately with an outdoor sealer that
has UV inhibitors in it (some color) to prevent
the sun from fading it. If properly sealed your
furniture will last 35+ years.
-Rymar Xtreme Weather Wood Sealer,
Natural Cedar Honey Oil Based available at most
Sherwin Williams Stores.
-Sikkens Cetol 1 or SRD Products
like the natural patina grey look,
how do I get it to look like that?
Just leave your furniture alone and it
to a beautiful patina grey in just a few months.
While rustic in appearance, you may reduce the
life span of your furniture left unfinished, but
should still get 20+ years. If you prefer the
patina look, our suggestion is to let it weather
to the color you like then apply a clear water seal
to the surface. Although western red cedar is a
naturally durable, leaving it
untreated is not
recommended for outdoor furniture just from
the surface smoothness standpoint. Remember,
applying a finish or protective coating will greatly
increase its service life.
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Western Red Cedar grows in coastal
forests from British
to California, along rugged mountains.
It is a wood of
exceptional beauty with
warm mellow tones ranging from light
amber to deep
honey brown. It also has
an aromatic fragrance unlike any other
Western Red Cedar contains natural
oils that act as
preservatives to help
the wood resist insect attack and
decay. It is not
Western Red Cedar furniture to last
30-40 years with minimal
Red Cedar Cross Section
Because of regional
differences in soil and
climate conditions, Western Red Cedar can
characteristics. This is
important to know when choosing products
Western Red Cedar.
The large old-growth trees
found in British
Columbia yield clear heart-wood, which is
used to make clear
bevel siding - the most
prized, (and the most costly), Cedar product.
these trees also have a high amount of
shake, rot, splits and large knots.
Young-growth Cedar, found
Washington State, has less clear heart-wood,
but contains more
material suitable for tight
knot sidings. It has a lighter, more uniform
than old-growth Cedar and its knots are
small and inter-grown with the surrounding
wood. Young-growth cedar has the added
advantage of being renewable. Western
Cedar is one of North America's great
Slow growing and naturally
Red Cedar has one of the longest lifespans of
American softwood. It produces
long lengths of timber with true, straight
-It is free from pitch and
its heartwood has
natural decay resistance.
-Its low density gives it
an insulation value
superior to most other species.
-Light weight, easy to
work, easy to finish,
possessing outstanding dimensional stability,
Cedar is a preferred wood for
nearly all purposes where attractive
or resistance to weather is important.
One of the lightest
commercial softwoods, the
density of Western Red Cedar at 12% moisture
is approximately 23 pounds per cubic foot
with a relative density (specific
gravity) of 0.34.
The density of oven-dry material is 21 pounds per
Like all woods, Western Red
Cedar is hygroscopic
and will absorb or discharge moisture to attain
equilibrium with the surrounding atmosphere.
However, it has a very low
shrinkage factor and
is superior to all other coniferous woods in its
resistance to warping, twisting and checking.
peoples of the Pacific coast
prized cedar for its long lasting qualities and
wood and bark from cedar trees for most of their
building needs. Evidence
of cedar's durability are
the many cedar artifacts still in good condition
Properly finished and maintained, cedar
will deliver decades of trouble-free
exposed for prolonged periods to conditions where
decay could be a
factor, such as where the wood is
in contact with the ground, cedar should be
with suitable wood preservatives.
Western Red Cedar has good
Nails and screws used to fasten Western Red
be about one-third longer than
those used to fasten hardwood species. Because
it is free of pitch and resin, Western Red Cedar
has excellent gluing
properties, comparable to
those, for example, of old growth Redwood and
American Chestnut. It works well with a wide
range of adhesives.
With its straight grain and
Western Red Cedar is among the easiest and
woods to work with. It takes a
fine finish in all hand and machine operations,
takes fasteners without splitting and is easily
sawn and nailed. When working
Red Cedar, sharp cutters are recommended.