A question for you: has anyone out there worked with Japanese cedar before? I am going to salvage a few logs of it later today from the grounds of a condo I own. (The 2 trees didn’t need to be cut down, but that’s another story.) I was going to take it to a local person to have it milled and then was planning on air drying it for the appropriate amount of time.
I was doing a little searching on the Internet, and I came across one article that said it’s too soft to use for furniture. I didn’t think a wood could be ‘softer’ than western red cedar, which I’ve used quite a bit for my outdoor furniture. I had hoped to use the Japanese cedar for an outdoor bench or maybe even something for indoors in a few years when it dried. (I had also hoped that perhaps this species would be ‘harder’ than western red, but it looks like those hopes are dashed.)
If anyone out there has any experience working with this species I would greatly appreciate any feedback. I’d really hate to just see it turned into woodchips, but then again I don’t want to spend all the time, effort, and money for naught.