Western Red Cedar
Western Red Cedar boasts of two qualities that make it the perfect softwood to satisfy your building requirements: durability and ease of machining.
Properly finished and maintained, cedar will deliver decades of trouble-free use. Originating from a slow growing tree, cedar develops natural resistances to decay and the elements. Because of this, you should have tremendous confidence in its long-lasting presence as your deck. If your decking project calls for cedar to be 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 treated with proper wood preservatives. Otherwise, this durable project will require little maintenance and establish a long life for your deck.
With its straight grain and uniform texture, Western Red Cedar is among the easiest and most rewarding 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 with Western Red Cedar, sharp cutters are recommended. However, unlike more exotic hardwoods, you won’t be splitting nails or requiring heavy machinery when utilizing this wonderfully durable product.
Because of these two factors and the natural beauty and elegance of this wood, Western Red Cedar can be the ideal application for hundreds of decking jobs, closet projects, or furniture construction applications!