Cedar comes from several different trees known as cedars that grow in different parts of the world, and may have different uses.
Heartwood reddish to pinkish brown, often with random streaks and bands of darker red/brown areas. Narrow sapwood is pale yellowish white, and isn’t always sharply demarcated from the heartwood.
Easy to work with either hand or machine tools, though it dents and scratches very easily due to its softness, and can sand unevenly due to the difference in density between the early wood and latewood zones. Glues and finishes well. Iron-based fasteners can stain and discolor the wood, especially in the presence of moisture.
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