American Western Red Cedar Timber


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What is American Western Red Cedar Timber?


American Western Red Cedar from Canada/North America is very popular because of its natural durability and pleasant aroma. When freshly machined, it looks variegated from a straw-colour up to dark brown/red but becomes more uniform in natural light.

American Western Red Cedar Timber is used for: Cladding, Decking, Joinery - Exterior, Fences, Gates, Lattice, Planters, Trellis, Arbors, Gazebos and many more. Western Red Cedar timber is imported 'green' i.e. not dried, due to the fact that much of it is used externally, and it can be seasoned quickly if required for interior paneling.

The best grade, #2 Clear & better, is predominantly knot-free, imported in standard thicknesses of 1", 2", 3" & 4". Widths are 4", 6", 8" & 10". Lengths are mainly 7' - 14'.

 

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The Tree

Latin name Thuja plicata.

Also known as Western red cedar, giant arbor vitae (USA), red cedar (Canada).

The tree is the largest of the so-called cedars, it grows to a height of 45m to 75m with a diameter of 1m to 2.5m.

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The Timber

The sapwood is narrow and white in colour, and the heartwood is reddish-brown. When freshly felled, the heartwood often displays a marked variation in colour; that from the centre of the log may be a dark chocolate-brown changing to salmon pink nearer the sapwood, or the wood may be variegated with alternate dark and light zones. After conventional high temperature kiln drying, the wood assumes a uniform reddish-brown tone, but after long exposure to weather the colour is lost, and the wood becomes silver-grey. This weathered appearance is sometimes purposely sought by architects, but a further peculiarity of the wood is its ability to take and hold stain of the finest tint without discolouration. The wood is non-resinous, straight-grained, somewhat coarse- textured and exhibits a fairly prominent growth-ring figure It is soft, rather brittle, aromatic, especially when wet and light in weight, about 390 kg/m³ when dried.

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Strength and Durability

Western Red Cedar is light weight and soft timber contributes to low strength properties and compared with European redwood (Pinus sylvestris) it is some 20 to 30 per cent inferior in bending strength, and about 1 5 per cent less stiff. It is also much less resistant to splitting and indentation on side grain than redwood.

Western Red Cedar is durable, long lasting, particularly when properly treated.

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Physical Properties

The timber works easily with both hand and machine tools, but its relatively brittle nature, which can cause splintering during some operations, and its soft character, which can lead to chip-bruising, usually means that care is needed in order to obtain the best results during mortising, planing and moulding. A good finish can be obtained, but cutters must be kept sharpened.

Western Red Cedar is very durable and has high resistance to warping and twisting. Fine dust may be irritant. It's an acidic timber which may corrode metals under damp conditions and cause iron staining.

 

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