Redwood for base and window molding????
I am building new home and instead of the traditional pine or oak molding we were thinking of using redwood. We used redwood for exposed roof rafters for our porch and we love the rustic red and yellow colors. Surprisingly, redwood over the Internet plus shipping is cheaper than what my local suppliers charge for red oak. The only problem I see is redwood is very soft and untreated will easily show scratches. We prefer not to use a stain that will change the color of the natural red and gold tones. Here are my questions:
Does anyone use redwood for base and window molding? If so, what natural stain/lacure/vanish treatment do you suggest to help protect the wood and reduce dents and scratches? If not, what additional issues do you see using redwood?