Yellow Cedar is a bright timber, ranging in colour from soft yellow to light brown. Sapwood occurs as a very narrow band and is almost white to yellowish white. Heartwood is a bright clear yellow, darkening upon exposure. The grain is typically very straight with a fine an deven texture. The timber is quite light, being only slightly heavier than WR Cedar. It is also highy aromatic, due to the presense of naturally occurring oils.
Yellow Cedar has exceptional natural durability - resistance to weather, insects and contact with soil - as well as dimentional stability and ease of tooling. Timber stands up to constant wear and load impacts without forming ridges and splitting. Yellow Cedar resists splintering and wears smoothly overtime. The timber is easily worked by hand or machine, turns and carves well, and finishes beautifully. It readily accepts standard fittings and fastenings, though resinous glues are recommended for bonding.
Appearance: Yellow Cedar sapwood occurs as a very narrow band, being almost white to yellowish white. Heartwood is a bright clear yellow, darkening upon exposure. The grain is typically very straight with a fine and even texture. Growth rings are close together and not prominent.
Workability: Yellow Cedar is easily worked by hand or machine, accepts coatings well and finishes beautifully. Bonding is best achieved with resin type adhesives.
Common Applications: Flooring, decking, panelling, exposed cilings, roofing shingles, custom woodworking, carving and millwork. The timber has been used since ancient times for boat building, and racing boat enthusiasts often use it for high performance shells. The timber resistance to splintering makes it a popular choice for stadium seating, sauna and indoor pool areas, and outdoor furniture.
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