Species

Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata)
 
THE TREE
Natural RangePacific Coastal region from Oregon to Alaska as well as Idaho and Montana.
StatureGrows to heights of 200 feet and diameters of 6 feet.
THE WOOD
AppearanceHeartwood is a reddish-to-pinkish brown and the thin layer of sapwood is nearly entirely white. Straight grained and uniform but coarse in texture.
Weight23 lbs/ft3 @ 12% moisture content
Hardness350 lbf (kiln-dried)
WorkabilityMachines well and easy to work using hand tools. Tends to compress in planing and molding operations. Holds nails and screws well; accepts paint and finishes relatively well.
DurabilityDings and mars easily; resistant to very resistant to decay.
Data: Alden, Harry A., Softwoods of North America (Madison, WI: U.S.D.A. Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory), 1997.

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