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07-14-2015 06:30 PM

Topic tags/keywords: juniper mantle wood cedar

I’ve picked up a juniper mantle for my fireplace and am working on what I’m going to do with the rest of the decorative wood sections of the mantle. I’d like a wood that will look like juniper but be something different for two reasons. First, working with juniper gives me a contact rash. Second, it’s hard to find good juniper to use. One of the two hardwood stores in Eugene carries it, but I looked through their supply and most of it was terrible for bowing and warping (which is probably pretty normal for this wood).

So…what to use instead?

I’m trying to match three characteristics: color, heartwood/sapwood interaction (does the substitute wood have both), and knottiness.

Aromatic Red Cedar could be a good choice but the color is usually much more purple/pink. Does anybody ever find some that’s more red/brown than purple/pink?

Western Red Cedar is much more boring in the heartwood/sapwood interaction.

I could look at some Yellow Cedar, but from memory that has no heartwood.

Ideas?


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#1 posted 07-14-2015 06:56 PM

Take a look at Yew or Cherry.
I’m in Springfield and have some Yew you can look at.

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#2 posted 07-14-2015 07:42 PM

I can’t imagine Cherry would look like Juniper, but maybe I’m wrong. Yew is interesting though. How big do the pieces get? Wanna send me a message with some pictures?

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#3 posted 07-14-2015 08:04 PM

I look at that and think Osage Orange. It’s got knots, it’s got great color, and you get lighter and darker streaks in it. Of course, it can be hard to find suitable lumber of any real size due to how the “tree” grows (more of a bush).

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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#4 posted 07-14-2015 10:08 PM

I’ll pick out some tonite and get some pictures off to you tomorrow. Or check out google for some pictures of it.It get pretty large, there is a guy out in Marcole that has some large slabs of it.(or did have)

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#5 posted 07-14-2015 10:28 PM



I ll pick out some tonite and get some pictures off to you tomorrow. Or check out google for some pictures of it.It get pretty large, there is a guy out in Marcole that has some large slabs of it.(or did have)

- zwwizard

How expensive does it run? I need six foot long sections probably 3-4 running 2-6 inches in width and then another piece either 10” in width or if that’s too wide, 5+ inches and 8/4 so I could possibly bookmatch it.

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#6 posted 07-15-2015 12:14 AM

ERC (aromatic cedar) is actually a juniper and not a true cedar. Time and exposure to light quickly transforms it’s red/purple to brownish red. The ERC I have sawn dries very quickly and does not tend to cup/warp/etc when stacked and stickered properly.

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#7 posted 07-15-2015 12:36 AM

Cherry is pretty similar once it attains its full patina.

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#8 posted 07-15-2015 12:55 AM

I didn’t know the ERC color changes quickly. I made a board game out of some and it is still as purple as day one. However, I keep it under the bed and it has a clear coat protectant.

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#9 posted 07-15-2015 01:21 AM

I just looked at some ERC bandsaw boxes I made several years ago that have been in the living room (no direct sun). All of the wood has browned to some extent but the endgrain has changed the most (very dark brownish red). I honestly can’t remember what I finished it with. But I’m thinking poly, Spar, or lacquer.

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