What size is this rough cut cedar?

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Forum topic by advaqua posted 09-15-2014 03:16 PM 1360 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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09-15-2014 03:16 PM

Topic tags/keywords: rough cedar house trim size

hello all! Brand new to the forum, and joined specifically to ask this question. I really appreciate any response that may help point me in the right direction.

I am trying to ID the correct size of a rough cut cedar trim on my house. The exact measurements are 1-1/8×3-5/8. This is the trim that is curretnly on the house and I am trying to make some repairs and replace a number of pieces. It is rough on all 4 sides.

The measurements are exactly the same as a smooth finish, primed poplar trim board that is sold at Home Depot which is labeled as 5/4×4. However, 84 Lumber, Home Depot, and Lowes all sell 5/4×4 “rough side” cedar which measures about 1/8” smaller in both directions. That looks horrible when trying to match up to what is existing… that 1/8 of an inch makes a huge difference, as you can imagine. It butts up next to lap cedar siding, so filling that gap with caulk looks terrible.

I was told at 84 lumber that mine may be what was called a 6/4×4 which is no longer available (at least from their distributors). They suggested I purchase a 2×4 rough cedar and plane it down to 1-1/8 thickness because the width of the 2×4 is 3-5/8 which is what I need.

I just find it hard to believe that a smooth board labeled 5/4×4 has the exact same measurements as the board I need in a rough finish, yet the rough finish equivilant would be 6/4×4. I also find it hard to believe that these boards would no longer be available and that planing down one side of a rough cut 2×4 is my best option. I am hoping there is an actual cut of lumber out there that meets my needs. Any information or knowledge about the boards I am describing is greatly appreciated.

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#1 posted 09-15-2014 03:28 PM

You may be able to find 6/4 cedar, or order it, at an actualy hardwood retailer (not the ones you’ve listed above). If you don’t have a planer, you can rip those board to proper thickness on a table saw. Since this is exterior trim, and the sawn face is going against the house, that’s what I would do. It’s probably the easiest way you’ll find to get what you want. It will probably take less time than trying to track down a specific size.

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