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Forum topic by Koa posted 05-19-2012 03:53 PM 1175 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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05-19-2012 03:53 PM

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Well, I wanted to make my shop entry doors ” ” out of Aromatic Cedar, but I have concerns about the long term stability of the timber. Is it tough enough to withstand the abuse entry doors go through on a day to day basic? I think I will be ok with the stability, has anyone had any experience using it to build windows and doors? Any help or input anyone can offer would be appreciated!

-- An aspiring woodworker.

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#1 posted 05-19-2012 05:10 PM

For many years people built out of what was available. Where I grew up in the Pacific Northwest, Windows were made from Doug fir near the coast and the farther you got inland, the more you saw pine and cedar.

I remember working on a house with my dad, (I was probably about 10 so it would have been about 1965), the doors and windows were built and sashed from Western red Cedar and looked excellent, even though the house was over 110 years old.
The front door was a massive piece, I believe was nearly 3” thick, and other than finish, was in great shape. Dad’s job was to refinish all these old fixtures and fitments and it only took him about 3 days to do the door.

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