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Timber Library : Western Red Cedar :

Working With Western Red Cedar

Western red cedar timber contains no resin and is straight-grained, which is one of the reasons why the timber is easy to work with. When a timber is resinous it dulls cutting blades more quickly and can get in the way of achieving a clean cut. Western red cedar is not known for giving this problem.

The timber of the western red cedar tree is quite soft and can be brittle so you should take care to avoid splintering it while working with it.

Products such as our External Western Red Cedar Cladding comes pre-moulded or sawn, depending on which profile you choose, and so short of cutting the lengths down to size, eliminates the need to work with or shape the timber.

When it comes to fitting western red cedar cladding, it should be drilled and screwed, rather than nailed in order to avoid splitting the timber.

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