Originally Posted by Jim Cate
Crikeys!! Please don't tell my boat about that restriction, for she is built of Western Red Cedar, with the same timber in the ceilings in the forward and guest cabins. The overhead is Tasmanian Ash T&G, deck
beams and knees laminated Queensland
Maple. But don't let those last two fool you... they are the result of the odd Aussie habit of renaming various of their many eucalypts with familiar English names!
Hello Jim; Western Red cedar does have its place in the boating
world, but more often in light craft such as Canoes, Kayak's and Dinghy's and yes, it can also be used for trim inside a boat although personally, I don't care for the smell of Red Cedar. I also know of a raceboat that is planked with red cedar but it also is epoxied on all surfaces to prevent water
For many years Red Cedar was considered "junk wood" by the lumber
industry and left to rot
on the forest floor. It is what we call a "dirty wood" to work with as the sawdust is so light it will cover every thing in the shop if one does not have a good dust collection system.
These days where I live, it's more often used for Garden Fences, Garden Furniture and Gazebos etc due to its excellent resistance to rot
however, it does not hold fastener's well. Nails will pop out, and wood screws will become loose in a very short time.
Enjoy your Red Cedar boat Jim, she sounds like a real beauty.