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Eastern Red Cedar

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Working properties

Working properties

Eastern red cedar has a fine grain, but a soft texture. It works easily with hand or power tools, despite the fact that it is somewhat brittle. In stability, it ranks quite high. If you want the wood to remain fragrant, don't cover it with a finish. Otherwise, use anything but polyurethane or plastic finishes-oil in the wood makes it difficult for them to adhere. Note: Unfinished eastern red cedar eventually becomes less fragrant as its oil hardens in the wood surface. You can renew the fragrance by sanding with fine-grit sandpaper. Fresh oil from the inner wood will rise to the surface, renewing the aroma.


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