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11-30-2015 03:01 PM


My in-laws asked me to clean up their woodline a bit and I grabbed some of the better cedar to bring home. Figured I’ll anchor seal it and set it aside in my redneck yard.

Any ideas as what I should use this for? Obviously, it’s not that big. Bird houses comes to mind. Is cedar good for turning? I wouldn’t think so.

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#1 posted 11-30-2015 05:29 PM

Only the heartwood (red) is weather resistant, the sap wood (white) will rot away in a couple years. They are also likely to split through the pith. If you wanted to resaw and dry it you could make small indoor projects like boxes.


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#2 posted 11-30-2015 05:44 PM

Log furniture ?

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 11-30-2015 10:00 PM

Cedar doesn’t turn very well??? Gee I wish someone would have told me that BEFORE I turned these….







And these are just a few of the ones I’ve turned using cedar

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#4 posted 12-01-2015 02:56 PM

here we make all kinds of outdoor furniture with it as we have an abundance of it! get it sawn up!

-- rob, ont,canada

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#5 posted 12-01-2015 03:15 PM

I really like those turnings. Been getting more interested in rustic/natural edge stuff as I go. What are you using for a finish, Joe?

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#6 posted 12-01-2015 10:08 PM

Get into the mind of the wood itself, Todd. It will tell you, if you listen. Joe knows what I mean. And, Joe: A couple of these pieces look like thithters to a couple of mine, of other species. Pics 2 through four.

-- Mark

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#7 posted 12-01-2015 10:55 PM

There are several species of cedar eastern, western, red, virginia.

In my part of the country we have what we call southern red cedar, which I think is the same as virgina.

Cedar makes a beautiful gun cabinet.

You can make boxes out of it, too.

As for “sitting upon” furniture, I would be concerned about the structural.
If you did, best make everything thicker than 3/4!!

What’s a redneck yard, a place with junk all over it?

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#8 posted 12-01-2015 11:29 PM

I’m using clear lacquer in rattle cans Todd. Got a couple more in the works now, I’ll post them soon too.

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#9 posted 12-02-2015 03:41 AM

Joe those turnings are beautiful. You’ve certainly got the touch. Every time I see something you’ve done I begin to rethink my resistance to turning.

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