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Western Red Cedar

July 12, 2017
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Common Name(s): Western Red Cedar

Scientific Name: Thuja plicata

  • Specific Gravity: (Basic, 12% MC): .31, .37
  • Average Volumetric Shrinkage: Radial: 2.4%, Tangential: 5.0%, Volumetric: 6.8%, T/R Ratio: 2.1
  • Modulus of Elasticity: 1,110,000 lbf/in2 (7.66 GPa)
  • Janka Hardness: 350 lbf (1,560 N)

Distribution

Pacific Northwest United States/Canada

Color/Appearance

Heartwood is reddish to pinkish brown, often with random streaks and bands of darker red/brown areas. Narrow sapwood is pale yellowish white and isn’t always sharply demarcated from the heartwood.

Working Properties

Easy to work with both hand or machine tools, though it dents and scratches very easily due to its softness, and can sand unevenly due to the difference in density between the earlywood and latewood zones. Glues and finishes well. Iron-based fasteners can stain and discolor the wood, especially in the presence of moisture.

Availability

Should be moderately inexpensive for construction-grade lumber, though higher grades of clear, straight-grained, quartersawn lumber can be more expensive.

Main Uses

Western Red Cedar is a commercially important lumber, used in a number of applications ranging from rough-sawn lumber for use in home construction to clear quartersawn material for classical guitar soundboards.

 

Source:

“Western Red Cedar | The Wood Database – Lumber Identification (Softwood)”. 2017. Wood-Database.Com. http://www.wood-database.com/western-red-cedar/.

Accessed July 12 2017.


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