Western Red Cedar (scientific name: Thujaplicata), has a heartwood red-pink brown color. Sapwood is narrow and pale yellow white, not always clearly distinguishable from heartwood. Its texture is medium to coarse, and grain is straight.

Western Red Cedar is commonly found in Pacific northwest United States and Canada. It is rated durable to very durable, is resistant to decay and is moderately resistant to insect attack.

Janka Hardness :
1,560 N(350 lbf)

Average Dried Weight :
370 kg/m3(23 lbs/ft3)

Workability :
It is easy to work with hand tools and machine tools. Softness means it dents and scratches very easily. Sanding can be uneven due to different densities of earlywood and latewood. It is good with glues and finishes well. Direct contact with iron can cause staining and discoloration, especially when moisture is present.

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Pricing / Availability

It is priced in the moderate-high segment with its prices depending solely on the grade of wood in question; with construction lumber being quite affordable and clear, quarter-sawn and vertically grained lumber being on the higher end.

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Sustainability

The IUCN regards it to be a species of ’least concern’ and is not mentioned in the CITES Appendices.

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Common Uses

It is often used in the construction industry with other applications being in the creation of musical instruments, boxes, crates, boats, shingles and exterior siding.

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