British Western Red Cedar Timber


Timbersource are a leading online British Western Red Cedar timber merchant in the UK.
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What is British Western Red Cedar Timber?

British Western Red Cedar is the ideal choice for maintaining a reasonable budget, cladding and durability. British Western Red Cedar is paler but more consistent than Canadian Western Red Cedar. 

British Western Red Cedar is used for cladding only. 

 

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The Tree

Latin name Thuja plicata.

British Western Red Cedar 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 dark chocolate-brown changing to salmon pink nearer the sapwood, or the wood may be variegated with alternate dark and light zones. After drying, the wood assumes a uniform reddish-brown tone, but after long exposure to the weather the colour is lost, and the wood becomes silver-grey. The weathered appearance is sometimes purposely sought by architects, but a further peculiarity of wood is its ability to take and hold stain of the finest without discolouration. 

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Strength and Durability

British Western Red Cedar is non-resinous, straight-grained, somewhat coarse - textured and exhibits a prominent growth-ring figure. British Western Red Cedar is soft, brittle, aromatic when wet and light in weight approximately 390 kg/m3 when dried. 

British Western Red Cedar is moderately durable. British Western Red Cedar is light in weight and soft timber contributes to low strength properties and compared with European Redwood it is some 20% to 30% inferior in bending strength and 15 less stiff. It is also less resistant to splitting and indentation on side grain than Redwood. 

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Physical Properties

Timber grown in Britain contains frequent small knots which can cause tearing in plaining and moulding. Furthermore, the wide bands of soft springwood can be difficult to work with hand tools. 

 

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Quarry Way, Waterlip,
Shepton Mallet, Somerset,
United Kingdom
BA4 4RN