Western Red Cedar

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Durability: Durable
Colour: Medium
Sizes available: 25, 40, 50, 65, 75, 100, 150 mm

Trade Name: Western Red Cedar
Botanical Species: Thuja plicata
Other Names:  Giant Arbor Vitea, Red Cedar
Country of Origin: U.S.A, Canada
Air Dry Density: 390kgs/m³
Durability: Durable
Strength:  4 (on a scale of 1 – 10)


Smaller sizes dry easily, larger boards need extra care to prevent Internal checking and collapse.
Almost no tendencies to warp and check once dry with little swelling or shrinking movement.
A light timber with a distinctive odour, it is non-resinous and straight grained, with obvious growth rings.
Assumes a uniform reddish-brown colour once dried.
After long exposure wood becomes silver grey, this weathered look is often sought after.
Working Qualities: 
The timber is easily worked, but its brittle nature can cause splintering and its soft character can lead to chip-bruising.
Care should be taken when planning and moulding.
Sharp cutters will also help create a nice finish.
Stains and paints well.
Interior panelling, fine furniture, interior and exterior joinery, weatherboards and cladding.
Product Attributes:
Available in fixed widths.
Veneers available.
Stains and paints well.
Long lengths available.