Cedar for a closet

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Forum topic by Padriac Riley posted 12-23-2014 10:38 PM 757 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-23-2014 10:38 PM

I apologize if this has been answered elsewhere on the forums but I couldn’t find it with the search tool.

Is there any benefit at all to going to the expense of cedar over plywood or some other wood for a large walk in closet built in when I can by no stretch of the imagination afford to line the entire closet with cedar? or even the entire built in? It would seem to me it’s a bit like moth balls where unless you can or a cedar wardrobe or chest where unless you can enclose the area and saturate it with the scent it’s just not going to do any good. I tried searching the net but of course all you get are a few million hits from companies selling cedar products and according to them even a micro gram of cedar is a miracle worker of bug prevention.

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#1 posted 12-24-2014 12:13 AM

Are you really considering it for bug avoidance? In this day and age of modern textiles I wouldn’t think that would be a big deal. I’d consider it for smell and visuals and there you can do whatever you want.

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#2 posted 12-24-2014 03:32 PM

The entire space doesn’t have to be lined, however the more cedar the more oils present & more bug deterrent effect. You could add a border around the inside, make a cedar false floor, hang a panel on a wall, line one wall, line the ceiling of the closet. Maybe make cedar trim or baseboard. Cedar panels for the closet shelves. You could even do like we did, build some cedar chests to sell and put the planer shavings in a sachet bag & hang the bag in the closet! Just some ideas, let us know what you do.

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#3 posted 12-24-2014 03:48 PM

For the folks that live cold country cedar helps ward off “silver fish” mainly. It’s the woolen products that attract them, and they will ruin wool clothes. I made my wife a cedar chest this fall for her quilts but it mostly is because she wanted it not because she really needs it. Cedar is difficult wood to work because the grain is twisty and will tearout when you think it shouldn’t. Good luck

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