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Northern White Cedar



In New England and the Great Lakes states, you'll find northern white cedar at small local mills as well as lumber outlets. Elsewhere, it's replaced in the marketplace by Western red cedar, which is logged in far greater volume. Where you find it, expect to pay about $1 per lineal foot in thicknesses up to 4". Unlike the more abundant and thus widely used Western red cedar, northern white cedar isn't offered in clear or vertical-grain grades. However, the highest grades?C Select and D Select?work well for interior trim, cabinets, and outdoor furniture because they are graded for appearance from one side. "Board" grades of northern white cedar come in plain Common, and Nos.1-5 Common (in descending order of quality). You also can buy the wood in construction grades. Air-dried northern white cedar should be stickered when stored. If not, moisture that works its way between the boards can sometimes cause a surface mold.

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