Cedar (Port Orford) Hardwood

Cedar (Port Orford)

Port Orford Cedar (Chamaecyparis lawsoniana) is a versatile and unique timber. It has a yellowish-white to pale yellowish heartwood, which can occasionally be pinkie-brown. The sapwood is not clearly differentiated from the heartwood, and the wood is commonly non-resinous, but can occasionally exude an orange-yellow resin. It has a straight and even grain with a fine, even texture and when freshly cut, it has a ginger-like odour. It is not a true cedar, but is a member of the cypress family, Cupressaceae.

Port Orford Cedar is an ideal timber for a variety of applications, including cabinetmaking, furniture, boatbuilding and more. It is a popular choice for those who are seeking a timber that is both aesthetically pleasing and durable. It is also a sustainable and legal source of timber, meaning it can be easily sourced for a variety of projects.

Port Orford Cedar is a beautiful and unique timber that is perfect for a range of projects. Its distinctive yellowish-white to pale yellowish heartwood and ginger-like aroma make it a popular choice for those

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Also Called:
Lawson Cypress, Port Orford White Cedar, Oregon Cedar, White Cedar

Durability Notes:
Cedar (Port Orford) wood is a durable timber.

The drying and seasoning of Cedar (Port Orford) is dependant on a number of factors; the speed in which it is processed after felling and logging, the method of drying and the specific kilns or location (if air dried). Generally the care taken by those processing the wood will have an impact on its drying and seasoning. As an overview; Cedar (Port Orford) - dries readily with little impact on the grade and quality of the wood and can be kilned from green Please note that all wood is liable to move when in service plus there can be dimensional change. The extent of this will depend on; the stability of the species itself, the conditions it is exposed to, the coating, decoration and protection. You will find more information about the suitability of this wood, for any proposed application, by using our interactive system and the filters shown.

Port Orford Cedar has medium crushing and bending strength, with low resistance to shock loads and also low stiffness. Its steam-bending classification is poor. This is an easy wood to work with both hand and machine tools and it planes easily and well. The wood is very good for turning and moulding. Cedar holds screws and nails well and its gluing properties are excellent. Port Orford Cedar finishes well.

Typical Uses:
Furniture, Cabinets, Doors, Roof Shingles, Carvings, Exterior Siding, Interior Trim, Plywood, Closet Liners, Decking, Fencing.

Moisture Content:
Guide - 10-18% for KD (+/- 2%)

Commonly asked questions about Port Orford Cedar Wood

Is Cedar a hardwood or a softwood? Cedar is a hardwood. It is the same for; is Port Orford Cedar hardwood or softwood? - Port Orford Cedar is a hardwood.

Most groups/families of species share the same characteristics but this normally relates to their life as plants. Individual species do not always share the same characteristics as their relatives, in terms of the wood. Many factors influence how we use the wood and what we use it for, including where it grows, how it is forested, how it seasons/dries, etc. The answers to the following common questions, therefore relate to this particular species/wood and not the Cedar family as a whole. Even more specific – our answers relate to the wood (as we know it) in its form as a useable resource.

What colour is Port Orford Cedar? Port Orford Cedar can be described as light brown, white/cream (very light brown), yellow/brown

Is Port Orford Cedar good for outdoor use? or is Port Orford Cedar good for exterior use? Port Orford Cedar is most suited for exterior/external use. Port Orford Cedar can be used as an exterior/external timber (without treatment).

Whether the wood is naturally durable or not we would still recommend that it is decorated and/or coated with a suitable product to provide protection and/or maintain its appearance. This even applies when using the wood internally as, even subtle, changes in temperature or humidity will affect the wood. This will depend on the application/purpose of the wood and the user’s desired appearance. We also recommend that a recoating, care and maintenance programme is adhered to, for the life of an exterior wood. Wood cannot rot if it is kept dry – coatings and decoration can provide this protection. All of that said there are many durable timbers that are often left to weather naturally and will last for many years untreated/coated – movement and visual changes will occur but this is sometimes the desired effect. All wood is hygroscopic (it 'wants' to be in tune with its environment) it will therefore take on water from moisture in the air (or when directly exposed to or submerged in water) and ‘release it’ when dry or exposed to heat. This, inevitably, results in movement and dimensional change. For more about moisture in wood please click here - Moisture in wood

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