Any issues with using cedar for a "box" ???

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Forum topic by 1yeldud1 posted 05-16-2011 08:06 PM 892 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-16-2011 08:06 PM

Will I run into any problems building and finishing a small box made of cedar for a customer ?? She is requesting it built of cedar – any suggestions as to glue and finish – the majority of my boxes have been built of oak using tight bond 2 for glue and watco danish oil for finish – finger joints, mitre joints are what I usually use – any lumberjocks want to give me suggestions ?

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#1 posted 05-16-2011 08:15 PM

I just answered this on another post…. no problems. Use the same techniques you use for the oak. Softer wood, remember that when you clamp.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 05-17-2011 05:01 AM

Applying poly or lacquer over eastern red cedar hasnt worked for me as something in the cedar[oil?] continues to seep through the finish sticking the lid shut months after finishing. Western or white cedar stains and finishes with no unusual problems. Titebond 2 seems to work fine on all types of cedar.

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#3 posted 05-17-2011 06:48 AM

The guys above have about covered it, cedar is soft and easy to leave a mark or dent. I don’t know about finger joints for the corners, miters would probably be better. Seeing how you’re acustom to oak here is a joint that I’ve been wanting to try. I think that you can make the spline from oak and machine the cedar to get some corners like this. This is a box by another LJ that I saw and added to my favorites list.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#4 posted 05-23-2011 01:00 AM

I make many small, eastern cedar, boxes. In order to keep the finish from getting on the inside, or on the edges of the box and lid I completly finish them before cutting the lid off, and then install the hinges.

-- "You may have your PHD but I have my GED and my DD 214"

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