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Handcrafted outdoor furniture made in Oregon

Advantages of wester Red Cedar for outdoor furniture

Why use cedar?

  • Cedar is a lightweight and dimensionally stable wood that lies flat and stays straight. Which means it resists the natural tendency to crack and check, as you might find in many other wood species.
  • Western Red Cedar has an incredible thermal co-efficient, meaning even on hot days, it is cool to sit in.
  • Western Red Cedar fibers contain oils that act as natural preservatives to help the wood resist rot and decay, making it excellent furniture material for moist or humid climates. 
  • Among other things, these naturally occurring oils give off that distinct cedar aroma that makes the wood highly unattractive to insects, moths and other pests. 
  • Its bacterial and fungal resistance coupled with the fact that Cedar is 80% the strength of Oak, makes it the most desirable wood to use for building Outdoor furniture.
  • Cedar, left unfinished, weathers to a silver-gray, a no-maintenance look preferred by many.
  • Cedar readily takes most exterior grade finishes, including stains, spar varnish and oil finishes