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Wood Properties of Northern White Cedar

Northern White Cedar Alternative Name 1
Eastern White Cedar

Northern White Cedar Alternative Name 2
Arborvitae

Northern White Cedar Amount of Figure
Low

Northern White Cedar Amount of Natural Luster
Medium

Northern White Cedar Availability of Wood
Plentiful

Northern White Cedar Available As Lumber
Yes

Northern White Cedar Available as Veneer
No

Northern White Cedar Available only in small sizes
No

Northern White Cedar Bending Strength
Low

Northern White Cedar Blunting of Tool Blades
Low

Northern White Cedar Botanical Name
Thuja Occidentalis

Northern White Cedar Carving
Average to somewhat difficult to carve

Northern White Cedar Clear Finish or Varnish
Fair

Northern White Cedar Color of Wood
Yellow or Golden Brown

Northern White Cedar Contrast between growth rings
Even

Northern White Cedar Crushing Strength
Low

Northern White Cedar Decorative Figure
No

Northern White Cedar Density
Low

Northern White Cedar Drilling
Good

Northern White Cedar Fill before Finishing
Does not require a filler

Northern White Cedar Gluing
Good

Northern White Cedar Grain
Straight

Northern White Cedar Growth Ring Pattern Plainsawn
Faint growth ring

Northern White Cedar Growth Ring Pattern Quartersawn
Faint growth ring stripe

Northern White Cedar Hand Tooling
Very Easy

Northern White Cedar Hardness
Soft, easy to dent

Northern White Cedar Hardwood or Softwood
Softwood

Northern White Cedar Harmful Properties
Non Toxic

Northern White Cedar Interlocked Grain
No

Northern White Cedar Kiln-dried Shrinkage
Low

Northern White Cedar Machine Tools
Easy to Very Easy

Northern White Cedar Mortising
Good

Northern White Cedar Movement after drying
Low

Northern White Cedar Nail Holding
Fair - Nails hold or are fairly easily pulled out

Northern White Cedar Nailing
Good - Seldom splits wood

Northern White Cedar Natural Durability
Durable

Northern White Cedar Number of Knots
High

Northern White Cedar Painting
Good

Northern White Cedar Planing
Average

Northern White Cedar Polishing
Good

Northern White Cedar Pounds per cubic foot maximum
22

Northern White Cedar Pounds per cubic foot minimum
21

Northern White Cedar Reacts with Iron Fasteners or Hardware
Yes

Northern White Cedar Sanding
Fair or satisfactory

Northern White Cedar Sawing
Low cutting resistance

Northern White Cedar Screw Holding
Good - Fairly difficult to remove screws

Northern White Cedar Screwing
Good - Screwing seldom splits wood

Northern White Cedar Shaping
Good

Northern White Cedar Size of Knots
Small

Northern White Cedar Size of Pores
Small Pores - Closed grain

Northern White Cedar Specific Gravity
Low

Northern White Cedar Specific Gravity maximum
.37

Northern White Cedar Specific Gravity minimum
.37

Northern White Cedar Staining
Good

Northern White Cedar Steam Bending
Poor

Northern White Cedar Stiffness
Very low

Northern White Cedar Surface Preparation for Finishing
No

Northern White Cedar Texture of the Wood
Fine

Northern White Cedar Toughness
Low

Northern White Cedar Turning
Good

Northern White Cedar Weight
Light

Northern White Cedar Wood Defects
Honeycomb (or collapse)

Northern White Cedar Work Notes
Reaction wood results in fuzzy, fibrous surfaces

Northern White Cedar Use for Boxes, Crates or Pallets
no

Northern White Cedar Use for Carving
no

Northern White Cedar Use for Cooperage
no

Northern White Cedar Use for Decorative Veneer
no

Northern White Cedar Use for Flooring
no

Northern White Cedar Use for Furniture
no

Northern White Cedar Use for Handles
no

Northern White Cedar Use for Heavy Construction
YES

Northern White Cedar Use for Inlay
no

Northern White Cedar Use for Interior Finish
no

Northern White Cedar Use for Light Construction
YES

Northern White Cedar Use for Marine Applications
no

Northern White Cedar Use for Marquetry
no

Northern White Cedar Use for Millwork
no

Northern White Cedar Use for Models and Patterns
no

Northern White Cedar Use for Musical Instruments
no

Northern White Cedar Use for Novelties
no

Northern White Cedar Use for Secondary Furniture Components
no

Northern White Cedar Use for Shingles
no

Northern White Cedar Use for Sports Equipment
no

Northern White Cedar Use for Turnery
no

Northern White Cedar Use for Woodenware
no





     
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