Western Red Cedar
Light Red to Reddish Brown
Alternatives (similar colour)
Spotted Gum, Vic Ash stained
Features & Benefits
Light weight yet naturally durable timber
Dimensionally very stable timber
Internal or external use
Veneers readily available
Takes stains and finishes well
Generally straight grained in appearance
Galvanised or stainless fixings required
Botanical & Other Names
PEFC or FSC certification is available
It has a fine texture and straight grain with growth rings often visible.
A durable yet soft timber, Western Red Cedar has a good workability. It cuts, machines and glues well and can also be painted, stained and polished. It also nails and screws well, however if timber is damp it is corrosive to iron, so hot-dipped galvanized nails/screws should be used where required.
Western Red Cedar can be brittle along the end grain and sharp cutters are recommended due to its soft nature. Precautions should be taken when sanding Western Red Cedar as the sawdust can cause irritation for some people. It is not suitable for steam bending.
Termite Resistance Resistant
Lyctid Susceptibility Sapwood not susceptible
Marine Borer Resistance N/A
Bushfire Not Rated unless treated with suitable fire retardant system
Fire properties Group 3 – Slightly combustible
Sawn thickness 22, 50, 100, 200mm
Set width typically 100, 150, 200, 250, 300mm
Generally seasoned (kiln dried), also available unseasoned
For finished dressed and profiled products contact us.