I'm salvaging some cedar from the windows I replaced last year. This
stuff has been exposed to the elements (under a flaking coat of paint) for
over thirty years, yet when I cut into it it looks to be in better condition
than most of the other species in my shop. Amazing!
I've heard that cedar needs grow for at least 15 years old before it
starts to have its preservative properties. The wood I have has done well,
but there's a limited supply. It's done so well that I'm certainly anxious
to build my next outdoor projects out of cedar. But I have a limited supply
so do I need to take extra care when buying new, to make sure it's old
I've been slicing off 1/2" strips to glue up for a wall mount mailbox I
want to build. The quantity of dust that fills the air is like no other
wood I've cut. Is this normal?
My mailbox will be six or seven inches up and down, and I want the two
ends to also extend below the bottom to serve as hooks for a newspaper. If
I glue up the front and back faces so the strips are horizontal I'll be in a
cross grain situation. Will that be a problem over seven inches? I'm in
Ottawa where all seasons can be a bit harsh. If so, what kind of solution
would you suggest? Also, what kind of glue should I use?
- Owen -