Aromatic cedar panelling

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Forum topic by bigbird posted 04-27-2010 07:07 PM 1234 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-27-2010 07:07 PM

My wife and I are in the mist of a bedroom/bathroom/walk in closet remodeling project. We are tired of not being able to orgainize the basic things so we designed a large walk in closet. Now she is asking me what would be involved in installing aromatic cedar panelling on the closet walls. I can find some local cedar cut with a bandsaw. Most is 1” thick and widths vary from 3” -6” and the length is generally 8’ The mill wants $2.50 per foot and I expect a 30% plus waste factor. My questions: Should I try to T&G this myself? Do I really need to T&G for this application or if the thickness is sized properly, could I just fit the boards by using a 22.5% edge? And, Are there any special problems associated with working with eastern cedar that I should be aware of? Thanks for any comments.

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#1 posted 04-27-2010 10:43 PM

Aromatic cedar can cause allergic reactions when you come in contact with or breathe the dust. Make sure your dust collection system is working properly.

Most of the aromatic stuff I have seen is very thin, maybe 5/16” T & G material, came in boxes like flooring and you attached it to your closet walls or floors, or lined your blanket chest with it. It doesn’t take much to smell the place up.

-- Michael Murphy, Woodland, CA.

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#2 posted 04-27-2010 11:00 PM

Yes Michael most of the material in stores is the thin t&g stuff. The Juniperus Virginiana that grows in this neck of the wood is not as aromatic as some other material and is not overwhelming. I brought a piece home that was about 80 red and 20% sap wood. During the hour or so in the truck, only a slight smell of cedar was noticable. I think the sap wood adds a bit of character to the material I look at that is not seen in the “closet kits”. I think I would be in for a lot of work.

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