Cedar Offers Better Weather-Resistant Properties Than Most Lumber
The numerous advantages of cedar wood is why it is one of our popular products. These benefits include being much more weather-resistant than other types of commonly-used lumber, which makes it ideal for outdoor woodworking projects from benches to window boxes to fences and exterior sidings for cabins. Here we will discuss the various properties of cedar and how to do proper woodworking with cedar.
Cedar Wood for Exterior Projects
While cedar is ideal for outdoor projects due to its ability to withstand the elements, actually it is not the most stable of wood types. Cedar wood will experience expansion and contraction depending on the season and this must be factored in when designing or building a woodworking project.
Additionally, wood glues are effective on cedar but mechanical fasteners like nails or screws tend to wear themselves out over time due to the seasonal shifts and movements of the wood. Due to this, stainless steel bolts with nuts and washers are better choices for mechanical fasteners when they are necessary.
The innate insect and rot resistance of cedar is another advantage of the wood. And while it moves and shifts a lot seasonally, the wood does not splinter much over time. It is also naturally water resistant and does not require treatment for outside use. When cedar is allowed to weather naturally it will also develop a unique grayish-color that appeals to many. These make it ideal for garden projects such as planter beds and window boxes and fences.
How to Finish Cedar Wood
When applying a finish to cedar woodworking projects to prevent the natural graying process of the wood, there are a few things to consider. Painting cedar is generally not recommended as it will cover up the grain of the wood and because paint will not adhere well to cedar in the long term. Paint will eventually start flaking and peeling, requiring scraping and repainting every few years. This is why using semi transparent stains is a better option for cedar as stains will let the wood breathe while providing UV protection and complimenting cedar wood’s appearance.
Looking for cedar wood or other types of wood for your latest project? Rustic Lumber is here to help. Our friendly team of lumber experts will guide you through the process of selecting the right kind of wood for your project. So if you’re nearby any of our lumberyard locations, why not pay a visit and talk to our experts? Rustic Lumber has locations in Kaysville, UT, St. Anthony, ID, Castle Rock, CO, and Grand Junction, CO.