OTHER COMMON NAMES:
Aromatic Red Cedar, Eastern Red Cedar, Juniper, Red Juniper, Red Cedar, Savin, Virginia Pencil Cedar
Aromatic Cedar is commonly used as a drawer and cabinet liner, particularly in closets and chests. Other uses include carvings, outdoor furniture, pencils, fence posts and specialty items.
United States, Canada
AVG BENDING STRENGTH:
The sapwood of Aromatic Cedar is typically light-yellow in color, appearing as steaks and stripes throughout the darker heartwood.
Aromatic Red Cedar exhibits a reddish to violet-brown heartwood, streaked with the lighter-colored sapwood. The heartwood typically contains a number of small knots, lending to its rustic appearance.
Fine straight grain, with small knots and closed pores.
The texture of Aromatic Cedar is typically fine.
Typically stable after proper drying, with little to no dimensional movement.
Very high resistance to decay and insect infestation.
Easy to work with little to no resistance to cutting.
Responds well to planing operations, yielding a smooth, clean surface.
Not typically used in turning applications.
Reportedly bores easily and cleanly.
Satisfactory gluing properties.
Holds nails okay with some risk of splitting.
Holds screws satisfactorily.
Polishes to a high sheen.
Aromatic Cedar finishes well, although most prefer to leave it an unfinished, natural state in order to preserve its aroma.
Not typically used in steam bending applications.