Lumber Manager and Chairman of the Board
SPECIES of The MONTH... Oregon Cedar
Characteristics... Color: It has a yellowish- white to pale yellowish hardwood, which can sometimes be pinkish brown. As a rule, the sapwood is not clearly differentiated from the heartwood. The wood is usually non-resinous but can sometimes exude and orange-yellow resin. Oregon Cedar has a straight and even grain with a fine, even texture. When freshly cut, it has a ginger- like odor.
Properties... Oregon cedar has medium crushing and bending strength, with low resistance to shock loads and low stiffness. Its steam bending classification is poor. This is an easy wood to work with both hand and machine tools, and it cleans easily and well. The wood is also very suitable for turning and molding. It holds screws and nails well, and its gluing properties are excellent. Oregon cedar polishes well and can be stained without difficulty.
Seasoning... It dries readily with little degrade and can be kilned from green.
Durability... The wood is particularly resistant to decay, and to corrosive properties of battery acid. There can be damage from longhorn beetle. The sapwood is permeable to pressure treatment, but the hardwood is moderately resistant.
Origin... North California and Oregon
Common uses... Cabinetwork, furniture, boatbuilding, oars and canoe paddles; construction, decks, formwork, and mine timbers. Selected knotty specimens are used for decorative paneling. It’s also great for that outside patio project.
Availability... we have about 35 board feet in stock at the Brownwood location. The cost is about three and a half dollars a board foot and it comes in 8-foot lengths by 6 inches wide and 4/4 rough.