Western Red Cedar (Flat Cut & Vertical Grain)


Western red cedar (scientific name: Thujaplicata), has a heartwood red-pink brown color. Sapwood is narrow and pale yellow-white, not always clearly distinguishable from the heartwood. Its texture is medium to coarse, and its grain is straight.

Western red cedar is commonly found in the Pacific Northwest United States and Canada. It is rated durable to very durable, is resistant to decay, and is moderately resistant to insect attack.

Janka Hardness :

1,560 N(350 lbf)

Average Dried Weight :

370 kg/m3(23 lbs/ft3)

Workability :

Western red cedar works well with hand and machine tools. Because it is soft, it dents and scratches very easily. Sanding can be uneven due to different densities of earlywood and latewood. It is good with glues and finishes well. Direct contact with iron can cause staining and discoloration, especially when moisture is present.


Pricing / Availability

It is priced in the moderate to high segment with its prices depending solely on the grade of wood in question. When construction lumber is affordable and clear, quarter-sawn and vertically grained lumber is on the higher end.



The IUCN regards it to be a species of "least concern" and it is not mentioned in the CITES Appendices.


Common Uses

Western red cedar is often used in the construction industry with other applications including the creation of musical instruments, boxes, crates, boats, shingles, and exterior siding.

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