How is cypress to work with?

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Forum topic by live4ever posted 08-18-2010 03:47 PM 1190 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-18-2010 03:47 PM

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Was thinking about using cypress in a few upcoming projects. Never having used it before, I was wondering how you guys find working with it?

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#1 posted 08-18-2010 04:35 PM


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#2 posted 08-19-2010 12:42 AM

pretty much like using pine to me, I just finished a desk out of it, I like it, beautiful grain, one complant is , it is soft, if ya bump it it does dent.

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#3 posted 09-27-2010 08:20 PM

Cypress is a great wood to work with particularly for panelling and trim. It has beatiful rich looking grain. There is a tendency for grain separation and some checking that makes it prone to splinters in flooring usage.

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#4 posted 09-30-2010 05:21 AM

What kind of Cypress? I know bald cypress is soft. I have only used nootka cypress (aka yellow cypress, alaskan yellow cedar etc.) It is fairly durable for a softwood and I love working with it. Very stable, very easily machined, glues very well. Nice tight grain. You could say it is bland as far as appearance goes but it stains well. It is harder than any pine or cedar, almost as hard as doug fir.


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