old growth cedar that's been stored

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Forum topic by siggs posted 06-15-2014 03:37 PM 1154 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-15-2014 03:37 PM

Topic tags/keywords: cedar old growth stability

I recently acquired some old growth cedar from my uncles estate enough for a few projects. It’s been stored inside for at least 45 years in a basement, it’s 2×6 all really dark color, quater sawn, perfect 9’ boards. Here’s the thing they weigh about 3lbs each! I’m concerned about what might happen to the wood in the elements. I’m going to make a bench or outdoor table. Will be staining in seekins cetol 1. What happens when they finally get exposed to moisture ? Crazy checking or cupping?

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#1 posted 06-16-2014 12:14 AM

a 9’ 2×6 that weighs only 3 lbs? it’s going to crack and crumble and split about a billion different places.

-- Jesus was a carpenter... I'm just saying

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#2 posted 06-16-2014 12:58 AM

Lol I have seem some wood that light befor but it was full of hollow chanels and dry rot. This withstood a pretty serious kick test! Maybe 3lbs was a bit understated but it’s dam light. Here’s an examplenof one board.

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#3 posted 06-16-2014 02:57 AM

Perhaps you could set a new record by building the lightest Adirondack style chairs ever made! Or the lightest workbench ever.

Nevertheless, let us know what happens to your wood.

-- Perfection is the difference between too much and not enough.

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#4 posted 06-16-2014 06:14 AM

what kind of cedar? Eastern white cedar is very light (and not all that strong) and even western red is fairly light. The fact that it was stored for a long time should not weaken it, since the water that dries out of it does not add any strength. Go to the and get the average weight, measure the volume of your board and then weigh it. .You’ll be able to compare this to the official figures. But as I suggested, cedar is a pretty light wood.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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