Your Denver source for Cedar lumber, a wonderfully versatile wood.
Most cedar is sourced in Canada, with smaller amounts in Washington and Oregon states. Current production in British Columbia, Canada is using only 1/3 of 1% in annual harvest. Western Red Cedar (WRC) (Thuja plicata) is one of North America’s great renewable resources.
Very few suppliers carry the wide range of cedar lumber inventory in 1x, 2x and timbers!
Cedar Lumber is slow growing and naturally durable.
Western Red Cedar has one of the longest life spans of any North American softwood. It produces long lengths of timber with true, straight grain. It is free from pitch and its heartwood has natural decay resistance.
Its low density gives it an insulation value superior to most other species. It is lightweight, easy to work, easy to finish, possessing outstanding dimensional stability. Western Red Cedar is a preferred wood for nearly all purposes where attractive appearance or resistance to weather is important.
The cedar lumber mill association has a great website that covers product, installation, finishing, grades and more: www.wrcla.org.
While most cedar comes rough sawn, Front Range Lumber inventories an array of smooth sawn cedar items and the list is growing. We are adding 1×4 and 1×6 in 8’ lengths.
We are also adding multiple sizes of S1S2E Cedar in 2×8, 2×10 and 2×12. This is in addition to 2×2, 2×4, 2×6 and 4×4 items which are currently in our stocked inventory. By the way, S1S2E means smooth one face and and both edges, leaving the other face as rough sawn. The rough sawn face is the only face that is graded.
“Treated” Cedar is a contradiction in terms. REAL Cedar does not need treating.
Cedar already has the natural tannins in it to resist rot and decay and insects. To further chemically treat it is a misnomer.
Other retailers confuse the situation by calling their TREATED lumber “cedar-tone” and other similar names. These are NOT Cedar that has been treated – they are framing lumber treated with preservatives with an added stain to color the wood to mimic the appearance of Cedar.
Building a Pergola is a popular project.
We believe cedar is THE wood choice to use when building your pergola. We have the wood, hardware, and other items to make this straightforward project come together.
Front Range Lumber stocks free-of-heart center posts, cedar in up to 20’ lengths, multiple hardware options, and Penofin Stains to maintain the appearance and durability of the wood.
How to build a Raised Garden Bed.
Build this quick and easy raised garden bed:
We support the WRCLA.
Front Range Lumber supports the WRCLA and its affiliates in the responsible manufacture and use of western red cedar lumber.
We believe cedar is a great product to use in a broad range of exterior applications including siding, decking, fences, pergolas and outdoor furniture.
Cedar as a rule is “oversized” compared to standard lumber. Expect 1x boards in a 7/8” thickness, 2x and greater sizes to be nearer to full measurement. For example, a 2×8 will be closer to a true 2”x8”. 1x boards are generally only available in 2’ increments up to 16’. 2x and greater dimensions are available in up to 20’ lengths.
Sizes stocked by Front Range Lumber include:
|1×4 Pickets Flattop|
|1×6 Pickets Flattop|
1. Fence grade primarily.
2. 1x boards are 7/8″ thick, smooth two edges and one side, rough reverse side – graded to the rough side only.
3. Other lengths can be obtained by ripping 2×4 in half.
4. 18′ lengths may not be in stock at all times, but are readily available within 1-2 days. In some cases, 20′ lengths may be less expensive than 18′.
5. Availability may be limited.
Cedar is one of the most confusing woods to purchase since beyond clear and vertical grain, most other grades are proprietary. This translates to the mills or distributors assigning whatever name they choose. Cedar, like all wood boards, is graded to one side and two edges only. In the specific case of cedar, it is graded to the rough side only (i.e. S1S2E ). However, a few general terms are universal:
Clear Cedar: No knots, cedar is graded to the rough sawn side (as applicable). All grading applies to just one side and one or two edges.
Select Knotty Cedar (or STK – Select Tight Knot): It refers to boards that are chosen for their general good appearance with solid, tight knots that should not fall out.
Rough Sawn Cedar: Milling process leaving the wood rough–typically the treatment most people identify with cedar.
Smooth Sawn Cedar: Milling boards to a smooth appearance.
S1S2E Cedar: One side and two edges are smooth, leaving the opposing side “rough”.
S4S Cedar: Smooth sawn cedar, smooth on all four sides.
No Hole Cedar: Generally refers to pickets where the picket—when graded—had no open knotholes, although with no gaurantee the knots could fall out in the future, leaving a hole.
Green Cedar: Wood of any species that has not been dried during the milling process.
Dried Cedar: Wood of any species that has been allowed to give up the moisture in the cell structure. The processes include kiln dried, heat treated, air dried and partially air dried.
Western Red Cedar: The most common and readily available.
Alaskan Yellow Cedar: Actually a type of Cypress.
Inland Red Cedar: A form of Western Red Cedar growing in different locations. Log quality and size are limited for consistency.
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|Western Red Cedar Standard Dry Patterns||82 KB|
|Standard Patterns Lumber Abbreviations||182 KB|
|General Tips About Wood||99 KB|
|RealCedar Pergola Plans||719 KB|
|RealCedar Modern Table & Bench Plans||305 KB|
|Real Cedar Adirondak Chair Plans||293 KB|
|OZCO Pergola Hardware Catalog||9 MB|
|Real Cedar Mobile App Info||289 KB|