Return to the Woodworking Forum | Post a Follow-Up

working with cedar

Posted by thomis (My Page) on
Tue, Mar 30, 10 at 11:32

Hello again friends, I have a few general questions..

I'm about to start working with some cedar that I had cut into a planks back in January 2008. I think its been ample time for the boards to cure. The trees that I took to the mill were not very big though. The majority of the boards have the white-ish part of the outer wood, that part outside the red heartwood, along the edges of each plank. Are there any tips you can share about working with this type of board? I wish they were all solid red but the trees just weren't large enough diameter.

I have two projects planned for the cedar. One is a coffee table, which I will use the few boards that are solid red for the table top. The other project will be a blanket chest for the foot of the bed. This is the project that I'll use the cedar boards with the white and red wood.

As far as finishing, I obviously won't want to stain but would I just sand smooth and then poly? I've never worked with cedar.

Lastly, I have a workshop table that I've been finishing. Its nothing fancy but.. I've already stained it with an oil-based stain. Then, I've applied two coats of the so-called tung oil. I'm wondering if I can apply two more coats of tung oil and then top it all off with a hard drying poly? Will the poly be ok over the tung oil (aka varnish) finish?

Thanks for any advice,


Follow-Up Postings:

RE: working with cedar

The white sapwood can bu cut away, resulting in narrower boards.

Wider surfaces are best glued up from multiple narrow boards for improved stability.

 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Woodworking Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here