Aromatic Red Cedar Ceiling

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Project by Cedar64 posted 10-26-2011 03:31 AM 2289 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first project working with wood. All started with cutting down some Northeastern Red Cedar.
I really love the smell. Well, one thing led to another, went from carving small cedar log’s into
blocks and things, to cutting down a couple of really big cedar trees. The owner of the saw mill had never seen northern red cedar this big, asked what I was going to do with it , and I told him, I wanted to
install a cedar ceiling to match the rest of the room which is early 50’s shiplap knotty pine.
He did the job for me, I collected all the material and was on my way to do my first project.
There is more to this story that i did not mention. I have the skills of the trade, except, i was not the one to be doing all the mill work since I don’t have the right equiptment to do this type of work. A friend was going to do all the mill work for me, But, that fell through. I ended up buying all the equiptment to do the job.
Never expected to be spending so much money for a project. But, I’m glad I did. Now I can say, I did this and nobody helped. Great feeling. Can’t wait till it’s finished.
Bought a Dewalt Planer, 734. I have read all the reviews about the two planers that Dewalt has it that series
The 734 and the 735. Im glad that I stayed with the 734, even though the 735 has two speeds, like someone else said, thats only good if the blades are sharp. I also like the 734 because I have had to change
the knives on the planer 3 times already and the screws are the torque screws. Unlike the 735, which
have Allen head screws and can strip fairly easy if your not carefull. Have to plane the boards one final time
before they get installed. Northern red cedar is Beautiful wood and pretty hard to find. Most lumber yards around here don’t carry this type of wood, very hard to find. I got lucky. I ended up with 500 square feet of material. When the ceiling is all done, going to make a banster cap out of Pumpkin pine, realtive of Sugar pine . Nice looking wood, should fit right in with the rest of the room.

-- Russell @ Rhode Island Woodworker

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#1 posted 10-26-2011 04:18 AM

Great job! The wood looks really cool. The picture of all the planer shavings is kind of how my shop looked for a time last year. It still smells of cedar. I love the color variation. You should be very proud of your ceiling.

-- "To do is to learn. A brilliant man once said that... I think he had a beard, too." - Joe Burns, HTML Goodies

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#2 posted 10-26-2011 04:45 AM

Great Lookin Cedar

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#3 posted 10-26-2011 11:20 AM

Thanks Guys. New Hobbie for me. That old shed is also going to get a face lift.
Have not desided on the type of material yet. See what I find at the mill, or the next tree’s that will be coming down.

-- Russell @ Rhode Island Woodworker

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#4 posted 10-26-2011 12:02 PM

That is nice looking cedar. Great catch.

-- Joe

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#5 posted 10-29-2011 08:02 PM

That is a quite the pile of lumber. Loads of shavings too I bet.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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