A Beginners Guide to Cedar – One of the Most Versitile Woods Around!

A Beginners Guide to Cedar – One of the Most Versitile Woods Around!

I love working with #Cedar. It is a beautiful and versatile wood and smells AMAZING, It is also really misunderstood. In this video I discuss the qualities of Cedar lumber and why it is so popular. I also discuss some lesser known facts about cedar and explain the difference between true cedar and false cedar. This video is a must for any beginning #woodworker looking to start working with cedar.


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  1. Timothy Alan on October 16, 2022 at 2:54 am

    Just got a bike with rear rack and want to make a crate to attach. Cedar might be the ticket.

  2. Rebecca French on October 16, 2022 at 3:01 am

    has anyone had lingering eye irritation, weeks after cutting/installing? I put cedar planks in my cabin and still struggle with swollen, itchy eyes.

  3. Sanita Seile on October 16, 2022 at 3:02 am

    Anastasia by Vladimir Megre, the book.

  4. matt mag on October 16, 2022 at 3:04 am

    I built a cedar sauna recently, turned out great. I had a bad wheezy cough and clogged nose for 4 days. Use a dust mask!!

  5. SO LT on October 16, 2022 at 3:07 am

    I love the stuff. Hand planes beautifully. A pleasure to work. A little brittle for some types of joinery but doable.

  6. Staber Dearth on October 16, 2022 at 3:08 am

    Built my first deck with PT structural members and cedar. I used 2×6’s and 2×8’s for the decking and railings. Man, did it smell great for awhile. When I installed it, I recall that it was rated to last 15 years in such an environment. It did, right to the year. I was able to rip up the decking with my bare hands. Most of the decking had turned to mulch, especially around the galvanized screws. The PT frame underneath looked brand new. The new decking is IPE. You have to drill for every stainless steel screw. Thirteen years later, still looks great with a new deck stain every four years. Ipe was not available the first time and Trex had not yet improved beyond a gray industrial look. Cedar was the best choice over 5/4 PT boards.

  7. DocJones on October 16, 2022 at 3:08 am

    Afternoon Dave, great video. Question, how are some ways to fill in nail holes in cedar so they blend in and will not show, at least not obvious. I’ve tried mixing cedar saw dust with glue and other things but have not had much luck yet. Any help or advice would be much appreciated. Thank you in advance!

  8. Chad M on October 16, 2022 at 3:09 am

    I need to buy several hundred board feet for a large pergola…. any idea where to get rough cedar for a good price? Im in Michigan.

  9. John Brown on October 16, 2022 at 3:13 am

    This was awesome! I can’t wait for the next wood in the "Beginners Guide" series! Many viewers are speculating that the next wood in the series will be Oak. However, I think the smart money’s on Pine.

  10. asd24327976 on October 16, 2022 at 3:26 am

    Dave, your channel is fantastic! I thought this genre was pretty played out, but your intelligent twist on woodworking, reno, and DIY are a breath of fresh air! I’ve really enjoyed your discussions on the economics of raw material pricing. Keep posting! It’s really enjoyable content.

  11. Shrim Uyopa on October 16, 2022 at 3:27 am

    In my experience it’s a brittle wood to work with. But as mentioned it smells wonderful, initially has beautiful contrasts in color, and is lightweight. I have made jewelry boxes, catch trays, and plaques with it. I have even made some pistol grips out of the wood just recently. I don’t believe it’s the best wood to use for pistol grips but it’s still really fun to look at.
    It also sands and finishes really easily and well. At least compared to red oak and walnut, aromatic cedar produces a very smooth surface.

  12. Fox Holler Homestead on October 16, 2022 at 3:29 am

    I have 9 acres in Western Washington in the foothills of the cascade mountains. Our property is covered with second generation old growth cedar! Honestly my favorite tree and Wood to work with.
    Also the native tribes in this area consider the Western red cedar to be very very sacred and use it for many different medicines as well as their traditional longboats, long houses, hats etc.! I just made a video about building a bench for the first time out of a western red cedar tree I brought down and milled. it turned out great and thank you for all this information I did not know It was a false Cedar

  13. Rikki Burgess on October 16, 2022 at 3:29 am

    Cigar Humidors

  14. Steven Pierce on October 16, 2022 at 3:31 am

    I’ve been a lifetime woodworker and learned some new things from your video. Forty years ago I worked in a cabinet shop. When customers came to the shop the secretary would come through the door to the shop from the showroom and give us the high sign. We kept a piece of aromatic cedar by a table saw and would rip a small strip. The comment that customers would say "This smells like a wood shop." Do what you have to to make a sale.

  15. John Myles on October 16, 2022 at 3:33 am

    Love the smell , rot proff. , bugs hate it . very expensive .

  16. cham fefe on October 16, 2022 at 3:35 am

    1 question, how about Japanese Cedar(also called suji), any idea?

  17. Billythekidd67 on October 16, 2022 at 3:43 am

    New Brunswick eastern Canada and same in Your north east Maine. White cedar. You forgot about this. Is it fake cedar? I consider it the Real cedar. The stuff is majestic. I live right next to an ancient grove of it

  18. Scott Godfrey on October 16, 2022 at 3:49 am

    I milled up 400+ cedar balusters for my sons deck. After working with it for a few days, the smell reminded me of pencil sharpener shavings. I was transported back to my elementary school days. Most of those memories were pleasant.