Benefits of building with Port Orford
In its native range to the southwest of Oregon and the far northwest of California in the United States, occurring from sea level up to 1,500 m (4,900 ft) altitude in the Klamath Mountains valleys, often along streams. One of the finest and rarest wood available due to the limited growth range, this species is a highly sought-after material. It’s resistance to rot makes it ideal for decks and outdoor applications.
- The wood of Port Orford cedar is clear, straight, smooth with no raised grain
- Light weight and good strength
- The wood dries easily and quickly with no problems
- Its ease in staining makes it simple to imitate mahogany and other higher priced woods, adding to its popularity as a fine cabinet wood
- It works well in every respect with power or hand-tools, polishes and takes paint, stain and all finishes extremely well
- Providing good fire protection for the massive buttressed trunks
- It was used for high quality boats
- Port-Orford-Cedar is very stable in any application and when exposed to soil, water or weather is considered to be one of the most durable of woods
- It’s resistance to rot makes it ideal for decks and outdoor applications.
This wood is also used for Venetian blinds, broom handles, boats, wet cell battery dividers, clothes chests, aircraft plywood, veneer and stringed instrument sound-boards.