My father got ahold of some cedar trees, which I would identify as aromatic
red cedar. He took them to a local sawyer, and ended up with probably
300-400 (maybe more) BF of 4/4 lumber. He asked me if I wanted any of it,
but I'm not sure what to do with 4 BF or aromatic cedar, much less 400. I
mean, a person can only line so many blanket chests. I'm open for
suggestions on other uses.
You don;t have to limit using the cedar to linings only, you can build
blanket chests entirely out of aromatic cedar. One good sized chest could
take 75bf off your hands right there (with waste and all). It's soft and
easy to work, and it's pretty stable too. You can also use cedar for drawer
bottoms in dresser drawers. Or you can make shoe racks for your closets. I
could go on, but you can use that cedar for tons of stuff.
I used cedar as the lining for my entry cabinet:
<mklange.cnc.net> Woodworking Pictures #1 link It served both as an
aromatic (I love the smell of cedar) liner and as a structural
component, holding the front and back together in a way that addressed
I just completed a linen closet that I lined with 1/2" x 4" cedar I
resawed from a log. The plywood shelves are set on top of cletes screwed
into the walls. These cletes have a rabbet cut into the bottom side that
is 1/2" x 1/2" (rabbet is against the wall). I cut the shelves 1/2"
short on each side and the back. I placed the cedar into the rabbet then
secured the shelves such that the cedar is "trapped" behind the cletes
and shelves. I then added a narrow face frame for the front of the
shelves and sides to hide the edge view of the cedar.
Basically a simple way to cedar line a linen closet. I had the cedar
logs for a long time and never could figure out what to do with them.....
Some time with a scrollsaw would produce clocks and ornaments that not
only look good, but smell great as well.
I thought about making chess pieces from it, but I'm not sure how well
they would last.
Of course you're kidding but Eastern Aromatic Red Cedar is one of
those woods that is toxic enough that should really avoid breathing
the dust. The acute effect is rather like the flu. Woodworkers
without a history of asthma have developed asthma after working
with it. A cow-orker had a contact dermatitis (skin rash) that
persisted for about six months after working with it. I always
wear a good respirator when I work with cedar. Just handling
the boards, like stacking them, makes me cough if I don't.
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