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Building a Cedar Storage Shed

There are many types of wood you could use to build your storage shed. Pine, oak or cypress are all completely satisfactory and work well.  However there are more reasons why cedar should be your wood of choice. This article explains why.

Cedar seems to be the wood of choice when we build out backyard wooden storage shed. Why is it that so many people want cedar? The most obvious reason is that it does have a very pleasing smell and it does look terrific. There are many other kinds of wood that could be used like pine, oak, or cypress. But we would like our shed cedar. So here is a little explanation about the attraction to cedar for shed building and where the cedar trees are grown and harvested.

Cedar can be found growing from as far south as the state of California in the U. S. to as far north as northern British Columbia in Canada. For a distance of 1500 miles along the Pacific Coast of North America on the slopes and through the valleys grow vast tracts of softwood forests. Among the many softwood species that grow throughout the forests also grows the Western Red Cedar. The future of these forests is so important to the economies of the states and province where they grow that they are carefully managed.  Harvesting and reforestation is diligently practiced to ensure future supplies of cedar will be available.

A cedar log consists of white wood and red wood.  The white wood grows closest to the bark and is called "sap wood" and the red wood grows closer to the center of the log and is called the "heart wood".  Natural oils are found in the heart wood of the Western Red Cedar which preserve the wood and resist insect attacks. Cedar has almost the same strength as Oak and it is fungal and bacterial resistant making it extremely desirable to build with. When properly taken care of cedar ages extremely well and will endure the elements for many many years.

The inner cellular structure of cedar produces little air pockets that create insulation properties that almost no other woods possess and have much higher values than either brick or concrete. Consequently the cedar shed stays cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. The aroma from cedar that is so pleasant to humans is the end result of organic compounds that occur naturally in the wood and though they smell wonderful to people they are a deterrent to insects and other wood pests.

Whether you are a novice or an expert woodworker cedar is easy to handle because of its light weight and it is easy to build with. Cedar is easy to cut, plane, glueFeature Articles, nail and shape which makes it an absolute joy to work with. And when cedar is stained it finishes to a glowing rich surface.  For all these reasons this is why we prefer cedar sheds.

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Robert "Mac" McCormack is a cabinetry and furniture hardware expert and avid woodworker. Mac particularly enjoys helping others get started in their own home workshop. For more information about cedar sheds, visit Fast Easy Shed Plans

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