Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata)
Natural RangePacific Coastal region from Oregon to Alaska as well as Idaho and Montana.
StatureGrows to heights of 200 feet and diameters of 6 feet.
AppearanceHeartwood is a reddish-to-pinkish brown and the thin layer of sapwood is nearly entirely white. Straight grained and uniform but coarse in texture.
Weight23 lbs/ft3 @ 12% moisture content
Hardness350 lbf (kiln-dried)
WorkabilityMachines well and easy to work using hand tools. Tends to compress in planing and molding operations. Holds nails and screws well; accepts paint and finishes relatively well.
DurabilityDings and mars easily; resistant to very resistant to decay.
Data: Alden, Harry A., Softwoods of North America (Madison, WI: U.S.D.A. Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory), 1997.

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