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Fence: redwood or cedar?

Posted by dwpc (My Page) on
Wed, Oct 6, 10 at 17:03

Is there anything besides color/appearance that differentiates between western red cedar and redwood for a board fence?
Fence will be 6 ft. shadowbox style on "Postmaster" steel posts.

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RE: Fence: redwood or cedar?

Redwood is too nice of a wood to be used on a fence. Use Cedar its much cheaper and will do the job.

RE: Fence: redwood or cedar?

There are several families of cedar and many species. And location effects price too.

Here's a link:

I just rented a house at the Sea Ranch development in northern Cal - strict building guidelines in force there and there's LOTS of red cedar in use for siding and fences. Beautiful stuff.


RE: Fence: redwood or cedar? -

I should add that old growth wood is more stable, durable and beautiful than the fast growing stuff. Whenever I'm at the lumberyard I look over the stock and if I happen to find some tight, straight grain I buy it, whether I need it then or not. I hoard/love the stuff.

So, another variable is how the tree grew - fast or slow.

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