Western Red Cedar Lumber Technical Species Information

Detailed scientific and mechanical properties for Western Red Cedar Softwood Lumber

Western Red Cedar

  • Description: Western Red Cedar is a popular softwood that sports cozy colors ranging from soft burnt sienna to creamy yellows. These tones give the wood a very rustic feel that makes it seem as if it specifically created to reflect the warm glow of a nearby fireplace. Western Red Cedar is also known for having an even and fine grain. Great for creating a cozy country look, Western Red Cedar is sure to add a feeling of warmth and comfort to any room.
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  • Other Names: Thuja plicata, Cypress, Oregon Cedar, Giant Cedar, Arborvitae, British Columbia cedar, Canoe cedar, Pacific red cedar, Shinglewood, Giant arborvitae
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Western Red Cedar Lumber Scientific Properties and Technical Specifications

  • Janka Hardness: 350 pounds
  • Strength (MOR): 7,500 psi
  • Stiffness (MOE): 1,110 1000 psi
  • Density (KG/m3): 410
  • Color: Heartwood is reddish-brown with a white to yellow sapwood.
  • Photosensitivity: Moderate
  • Tangential Shrinkage: 5.0 %
  • Radial Shrinkage: 2.4 %
  • Family: Cupressaceae
  • Tree Characteristics: The Western Red Cedar tree can grow up to 100 feet high
  • Geographic Area: United States and Canada
  • Texture: Coarse to medium
  • Grain: Straight
  • Luster: Medium
  • Durability Rating: Rated as durable, moderately resistant to termites.
  • Drying Characteristics: Moderate drying speed, very slight risk of checking, distortion or collapse.
  • Working Characteristics: Rated as easy to work
  • Applications: Decking, flooring, furniture, boat building, decorative veneers, plywood
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