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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