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Forum topic by jamsomito posted 05-19-2018 07:27 PM 340 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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jamsomito

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05-19-2018 07:27 PM

I’m looking at making a piece of abstract wall art with some hard maple cut-offs and a big glued-up panel as a back to it. I think some kind of cedar, maybe red cedar with some sapwood, would look good with the hard maple pieces hanging in front of it. No? Here’s my questions:

1. If I put a water based poly on a cedar panel, will it still stink up the room it’s in? I like the smell of cedar, but not all day every day. (this is going in my office)

2. How will a red cedar age in terms of color (or white cedar, too, for that matter)? I’m assuming it will dull out and brown a bit over time. Will a dark red cedar become dark brown like walnut over time? I’d like it to be contrasting with the maple, but I don’t want a really dark color to be so dominant in the room. All I’ve seen when I look up aged cedar is weathered gray decks and fence posts – what will it do indoors?

Here’s the maple pieces I’ll be putting a back behind.

Thanks for the thoughts.


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John Smith

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#1 posted 05-19-2018 09:14 PM


If I put a water based poly on a cedar panel, will it still stink up the room it’s in?
I like the smell of cedar, but not all day every day. (this is going in my office)
- jamsomito

Eastern Red Aromatic Cedar will lose its aroma and color over time.
if you put a finish on it, the cedar aroma is gone that day, but,
a finish will keep the natural color longer than unfinished wood.
you will smell whatever finish you put on it. (the type you use will determine that).

do some experiments and see what suits your fancy.

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Jim Finn

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#2 posted 05-19-2018 09:21 PM

I often put wipe on, oil based, poly on eastern red cedar and the smell of the poly goes away after a few days.

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#3 posted 05-19-2018 10:44 PM

Once you put a finish on cedar you seal it and no longer get the cedar odor. Indoors eastern red cedar will brown out slowly. I don’t think it will get as dark as walnut.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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