Half Moon Bay Project using our custom milled Clear, VG Cedar

This jaw dropping project in Half Moon Bay, CA is about one month away from completion. It took 12 years to get the building permit.

Custom milled clear, vertical grain Western Red Cedar specialty building materials we supplied for a project in Half Moon Bay, Ca include exterior cladding and fencing

Custom homes built in Half Moon Bay using our specialty milled Western Red Cedar products

It was our pleasure to travel down to visit this project and meet with our client, Dave O’keefe of O’keefe Construction based out of San Francisco, after working on this project with him for almost a year.  Each building is unique in its design, but similar enough to create a cohesive look on the property.  One unit will be used as a vacation home for Dave and his family, while the other houses a small retail space on the ground floor, with residential living space above that will likely be rented out on Air B&B.

Custom milled Cedar siding on a unique build in the Bay area of California

Due to the unique nature of our business and the relationships we have developed with mills throughout the Pacific Northwest, we were able to match the architect’s spec for the custom milled clear, vertical grain, 1×6” Western Red Cedar “nickel gap” tongue and groove he was looking for to complete the exterior cladding.

clear vertical grain western red cedar siding and fencing

clear, vertical grain "nickle gap" Western Red Cedar t&g siding

The fence around the property was constructed using 5 foot 1×6” clear, vertical grain Western Red Cedar boards.  Not only did sourcing 5’ material save Dave money on the material and shipping, it also helped keep the boards super straight between the powder coated aluminum posts.  A real win, win!

clear vertical grain Western Red Cedar fence and T&G siding

1x6" clear vertical grain Western Red Cedar boards used for a custom horizontal fence

custom milled clear, vertical grain Western Red Cedar for custom building in California

“In this industry, it’s tough to find people who do what they say they will. I’ve appreciated that about you.” Dave O’keefe, O’keefe Construction, San Francisco, CA

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Clear Western Red Cedar Building Materials Used for Custom Fence

Grown only in the Pacific Northwest, Thuja plicata, commonly referred to as Western Red Cedar, is the ultimate building material for outdoor applications due to its natural durability and work-ability.  It is resistant to rot, decay and insect attacks.  This means that anything built with it will last longer and require less maintenance.  Aesthetically, there is no parallel for the natural beauty of Western Red Cedar.

Western Red Cedar is available in different grades, including the one that is just right for your project.  From casual knotty grades to clear grades, each offers its own unique style to help you achieve the architectural element you desire.

When a motivated home owner in California contacted us about supplying him with Western Red Cedar for a fence he wanted to build, he also provided us with pictures he found on Pinterest.  This helped us determine what grade and dimension of Western Red Cedar he was interested in using for his custom fence.

With his handy work, and our high quality, clear Western Red Cedar, he was able to create an amazing feature on his property that will last for many, many years!

“Michele – G’Morning. I wanted to thank you for all you did and providing the Cedar Lumber. I wanted to send you couple pictures of the end result, it turned out amazing” – Rick

custom gate constructed from clear Western Red Cedar lumber

custom fence made from clear western red cedar lumber

When specifying materials for your next project, don’t be disappointed, insist on Western Red Cedar, the Cedar that is grown in our back yard!  Even with shipping, (in most instances) the pricing is comparable to your local lumber yard with the quality and supply much better.

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Fence Inspirations

Whether it is to keep critters in or out, define property lines or outdoor spaces, create visual interest or add privacy, a well thought out and properly constructed fence adds immediate “curb appeal” to any address.   From rustic to fancy, using real wood in your fence design adds the warmth and beauty that man made products just can’t duplicate.

Clear and knotty Western Red Cedar Fencing

 

Western Red Cedar Fencing

Prized for its natural durability and work-ability, Western Red Cedar has always been a top choice wood for outdoor fences.   For those wishing to create a traditional privacy fence at an economical price, standard 5′ or 6′ fence grade boards are great choice.  The fence boards are installed vertically by securing them to 2×4’s that have been screwed or nailed into fence posts.

Western Red Cedar Privacy Fence

Another option for a privacy fence that adds a bit more character and interest, is to install Western Red Cedar fence boards, deck boards or fascia grade boards vertically between posts.  Here is a great example

5/4x6" Western Red Cedar Decking Used as Vertically installed Fencing

5/4×6″ Western Red Cedar Decking Used as Fencing

For defining outdoor spaces or property lines, Western Red Cedar grapestake fencing and split rail fencing are popular choices when a rustic look is desired.

Western Red Cedar Split Rail Fencing

Western Red Cedar Split Rail Fencing

Another nice, economical and extremely durable type of fence made from Western Red Cedar and galvanized “hog wire” panels has gain a lot of popularity recently.  It is perfect for defining garden spaces.

Western Red Cedar and Galvanized Hog Wire Garden Fence

Unique and beautiful, this fence is constructed out of varying widths of Cedar boards and stained a beachy-white to compliment the landscape.

Western Red Cedar Fence Ideas

This amazing fence was built by our customer in California using Clear Western Red Cedar dimensional lumber.

custom clear western red cedar fence

Alaskan Yellow Cedar Fence

Also extremely durable do it is natural properties, a fence constructed of Alaskan Yellow Cedar will provide many years of carefree service.  In these photos, Yellow Cedar boards are installed vertically to define this landscape.

Alaskan Yellow Cedar Boards used for fencing

Yellow Cypress landscape fence

In this backyard, combination of 1×3″ and 1×6″Alaskan Yellow Cedar boards are installed vertically to create this outdoor living space.

Alaskan Yellow Cedar back yard privacy fence

Hardwoods Used as Fencing

When the highest quality and durability is wanted, hardwoods such as Red Balau “Mahogany” and Ipe “Ironwood”, can be naturally beautiful choice for fencing.

mahogany fence

5/4×6″ Mahogany Decking Boards are installed vertically between masonry columns

 

For more fence inspiration, please visit us on Pinterest! We’ve got lots of ideas waiting for you!

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Snow Continues to Fall in the PNW

For over the past week, our region has been hit with an unusual amount of snow and freezing weather, which has made it difficult for travel, by our employees, vendors and customers.  We continue to watch carefully and are working limited hours, but checking emails regularly.

Western Red cedar arbor in snow

Getting our Cedar products in an out have proven to be a challenge.  However, we were able to get a nice shipment of custom, Clear Western Red Cedar siding out to a customer in California yesterday.

We ship Western Red Cedar building materials nationwide

Western red cedar and Alaskan yellow cedar lumber sales

Wishing all our customers and vendors safe travels and hope you enjoy slowing down just a little to enjoy what Mother Nature has brought us.

Western Red Cedar timbers and Alaskan Yellow Cedar fencing

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Western Red Cedar Split Rail Fencing

One of the oldest types of fencing, split railing fencing made from high quality Western Red Cedar is a popular and economical choice for defining property lines and other outdoor spaces, as well as adding rustic beauty to the landscape.  Due to Western Red Cedar’s natural properties that resist rot and decay, as well as insect attack, Western Red Cedar split rail fences will last for many years with no maintenance.

Our Western Red Cedar split rail posts and rails are all individually split, peeled and formed to expose the cedar’s natural color and grain.  Our split rail posts are pre-drilled for use as an end, corner or line with either two or three holes to accommodate the rails.  Two rail posts will yield a fence with a finished height of approximately three feet, while the three rail post system provides a finished fence height of approximately four feet.

Split rail fencing end posts are drilled halfway through and are used as starting and stopping points in the fence.  Line posts are drilled all the way through to support rails on either side, while corner posts are drilled halfway through on adjoining sides to create right angles.

Western Red Cedar Split Rail Fence

Cedar split rails can be used in conjunction with either the two rail or three rail system and have a tenon on each end to slide into the split rail post.

Western Red Cedar Split Rail Fence tenon end

If needed, in addition to “standard” sized rails, we offer Jumbo rails that are more heavy duty and average 12”+ in circumference.  Jumbo cedar split rails are available in 10’ lengths.  The standard cedar split rails are generally about 10” in circumference and are available in 8’ or 10′ lengths.

Two hole split rail western red cedar fence

Out of all fencing types, Western Red Cedar split rail fencing is one of the easiest to install, making it a good project for homeowners.  Once the posts have been set, the ends of the rails slip easily in place.

How to install Western Red Cedar Split Rail Fencing

  1. Practice due diligence to ensure where you are planning to place your Western Red Cedar split rail fence is on your property and does not interfere with boundaries, under ground utilities or your neighbor’s property

 

  1. Contact your local building department to discuss your local building codes and permitting requirements for your proposed new fence

 

  1. Since the rails are pre-cut, layout the fence with those lengths in mind. However, since it is likely to not layout perfectly, consider either shortening the overall length of your fence or shortening the fence rails to create shorter sections at each end by cutting the rails and trimming the ends to fit into the pre-drilled holes on the post.

 

  1. Stake out your fence line and determine where each post will be placed by using the same measurement as your rails. The center of the post will be placed either 8’ or 10’ apart based on the length of rail you have chosen.

 

  1. Layout the posts and rails along your line to ensure a correct fit before you begin digging holes. Adjust as necessary.  This can save time later on.  And a lot of digging.

 

  1. We suggest using a post hole digger to ensure that you are able to secure each Western Red Cedar split rail post into the ground securely. When digging your holes, plan for a clearance of at least six inches from the ground to the lowest rail.  Adding a layer of gravel to the bottom of each hole can help with drainage, especially in wet climates.

 

  1. Place your end and/or corner posts first, ensuring they are plumb and straight, then back fill. Next connect each post with a string line.  This will help your fence stay straight as you dig holes and place your other cedar split rail posts along the line.

 

  1. Staying along your string line, dig holes for each cedar split rail post, set each post and insert the split rails into each post, while checking each post for plumb and alignment.  Then, fill each hole with soil and tamp firmly.

Western Red Cedar Split rail fencing for sale

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Ninzan Studio Alaskan Yellow Cedar Gate

Prized for its work-ability and cool yellow tone, Alaskan Yellow Cedar (also known as Alaskan Cypress or Pacific Coast Cypress), has the same insect, rot and decay repelling tannis and oils as Western Red Cedar, but is heavier and more dense, which gives it more strength.  This rare and remarkably beautiful softwood is only grown in the Pacific coast region of North America, but is not a true “Cedar” species.

Located in Sarasota, Florida, our Instagram friends at Ninzan Studio,were contracted recently to construct and install gates to match an existing fence made from Alaska Yellow Cedar.  When they were unable to find the products they needed in their local market, they contacted us to help them with their project.   We shipped them the materials they needed, and combined with their superior craftsmanship, the new gates turned out beautifully!

Ninzan Studio makes a custom gate out of Alaskan Yellow Cedar, which is also called Pacific Coast Cypress

Clear, Alaskan Yellow Cedar is milled into pickets for a custom gate in Florida

Alaskan Yellow Cedar custom gates in Sarasota Florida

Clear, Alaskan Yellow Cedar custom cut gate pickets

Yellow Cedar Custom Gate

If you are on Instagram, be sure to give Ninzan Studio a follow!  And, before your next project, be sure to visit us!  We supply superior quality Western Red Cedar, Alaskan Yellow Cedar and Douglas Fir building materials to homeowners and contractors nationwide at very competitive rates!

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Horizontal Western Red Cedar Privacy Fence

Built using our 5/4×6″ Knotty Western Red Cedar Radius Edge Decking, this fence will provide years of carefree service, while creating privacy for this residence in Encinitas, CA.

5/4x6" Knotty Western Red Cedar Decking used as privacy fencing

Installed horizontally on to 4×4″ Pressure Treated posts using stainless steel fasteners on both sides of the post, this fence is attractive from inside, as well as curb side.  Because of the natural properties of Western Red Cedar, always stainless steel or coated fasteners recommended for use with Western Red Cedar.

 

Please enjoy these beautiful Western Red Cedar Fence photos from sunny California.

Cedar Deck Boards are installed over 4x4 pressure treated posts to create a beautiful privacy fence

Q: You might be wondering why a retailer from the Washington state is sending Western Red Cedar lumber to California.  Wouldn’t it just be easier for the contractor to purchase the cedar building materials from his local lumber yard?

A:  Because Cedar Country Lumber is located in the heart of the Pacific Northwest, the ONLY place where Western Red Cedar grows, we are able to supply homeowners and contractors nationwide with superior quality Western Red Cedar at extremely competitive rates.   Anytime Western Red Cedar is purchased outside its growing region, freight will always be factored in the final cost of the product.  Additionally, because the supply is more plentiful in our area, we are able to source more Western Red Cedar building materials, especially over-sized or extreme length Western Red Cedar lumber.

Because Western Red Cedar is only grown in the Pacific Northwest, cedar building materials are plentiful including the 5/4x6" decking used to create this privacy fence

If you are looking for other ideas for your Fence, we invite you to check our Pinterest board on the subject by clicking HERE (no login or account required).

 

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Custom Cut Cedar Fence Boards

Extremely popular for outdoor fencing in the Pacific Northwest and beyond, Western Red Cedar is prized for both its durability and beauty.  A properly constructed and maintained Cedar fence will perform admirably for many years because it is naturally resistant to rot, decay and insect attack.    Sourced from the most sustainably managed forests in the world, Western Red Cedar is environmentally friendly by being entirely renewable and biodegradable.

A Cedar fence can be as elaborate or as simple as desired.  We recently supplied custom cut Western Red Cedar boards for this beautiful fence in Anacortes, WA.  Each fence board was milled out of old growth, knotty Western Red Cedar into exactly 5/4″ x 6”.  The craftsmanship and photos of this property defining fence for this new custom home was completed by Kreider Construction.

“Nice Cedar, thanks for sourcing us the good stuff!” Paul of Kreider Construction

Western Red Cedar Custom Fence Boards

 

Knotty Western Red Cedar Fence

 

Red Cedar Fence Idea

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Western Red Cedar Grape Stake Fencing

Because of the natural decay resistance in Western Red Cedar and its abundance, early vineyards used “grape stakes” to support their growing grape vines. Made from hand spitting pieces off of Western Red Cedar or Redwood blocks 4 to 6 foot in length, the stakes were used as posts between wires and held up exceptionally well to moisture, insects and other elements.

Due to changes in the way grapes are grown and harvested in today’s vineyards, other methods of supporting the grape vines are more commonly used. However, grape stakes are still manufactured in Western Red Cedar and are used as pickets for fences when a natural, rustic look is desired.

Western Red Cedar Grape Stake Fencing

Hand split from blocks of Western Red Cedar, each piece is uniquely beautiful and averages between 1-1/2″ to 3-1/2″ wide and 6′ in length.  However, since our Cedar Grape Stakes are split per order, we can produce custom lengths and, in some cases, widths.

Nailed or screwed to horizontal rails of either Western Red Cedar or pressure treated materials, the result is a beautiful, extremely sturdy fence that gives an old world feel. Because of the natural preservatives in Western Red Cedar, we recommend using fasteners that are corrosion resistant, such as stainless steel or hot dipped galvanized to secure the grape stakes to the posts and/or supporting fence rails.

Western Red Cedar Grapestake Fence

Your beautiful new Western Red Cedar Grape Stake Fence can be left to weather to a stunning grey or stained to maintain the natural, varied reddish-brown color Western Red Cedar is prized for.  We recommend using a good quality penetrating oil, such as Penofin Red Label, that contains UV protection, as well as mold and mildew inhibitors if you wish to keep the natural Cedar color.

Western Red Cedar Grape Stake Fencing is perfect for when a rustic look is desired

 

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Western Red Cedar Fence Board Grades

Day after day we receive inquiries for the price of fence boards. Unlike traditional lumber yards and box home improvement stores, when a call like that is received at our store, our staff provides a price for a Western Red Cedar fence board as well as the grade. In many cases, the person who is inquiring about the price does not have a clear understanding of what the grading means and maybe comparing pricing of products from various sources that are not equal.

Imagine calling around to different restaurants and asking for the price of “cheeseburger”.  While it is called the same thing at a fast food restaurant as well as a nice family restaurant, the“cheeseburger” at each location will be different quality and the pricing would reflect that. You would not purchase a cheeseburger based solely on price while not taking into consideration the quality, so therefore, you should not select a fence board based solely on price either.

While there is no regulation or standards for “cheeseburgers”, there are established standards for fence boards that have been developed by the National Lumber Grades Authority, as well as the West Coast Lumber Inspection Bureau. It is important to note, that “fence grade” is below Knotty or Clear grades of Western Red Cedar and should not be compared to the quality or held at the same standard as lumber in those grades.

The West Coast Lumber Inspection Bureau divides Western Red Cedar Fence Boards into three basic categories. Any grade may be rough or surfaced, Air Dried, Kiln Dried or “green”. Grade is determined by the best face.

No. 1 Fencing “Select”

  • Checks and Pinholes are not limited
  • Shakes are “Fine”
  • Skips are “hit and miss”, splits are “short”
  • Knots are sound and tight
  • Spike Knots can be approximately 1/2 face width or equivalent
  • Tolerance of 1/16″ over or under in thickness, width may vary along the piece of 1/8″, but not to exceed 20% of the pieces
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Select Quality Western Red Cedar Fencing

 

No. 2 Fencing “Quality”

  • Checks and Pinholes are not limited
  • Shakes are “fine”
  • Skips are “hit and miss”, splits are “medium”
  • Wane can be 1/2 thickness as well as 1/3 width
  • There can be small spots or streaks of unsound wood
  • White speck not limited
  • There maybe some knots that are not firmly fixed or are unsound but may not exceed 1/3 the width of the board
  • Spike Knots can be 3/4 of the face width
  • Maximum 1″ holes with 4 per foot allowed, unless “No Hole” is specified
  • Same tolerance of thickness and width as Select Fencing
This is a great example of our No. 2 Select “No Hole” Fencing, which is the standard fence board we supply unless otherwise specified. This particular fence is made from 3/4″ net thick material that the customer made a custom, decorative top cut to.

This is a great example of our No. 2 Select “No Hole” Fencing, which is the standard fence board we supply unless otherwise specified. This particular fence is made from 3/4″ net thick material that the customer made a custom, decorative top cut to.

No. 3 Fencing “Rustic”

  • Lumber of this grade is suitable for low grade and permits all characteristics which do not interfere with the use of the piece
  • Thickness can be 3/16″ over or under invoiced thickness
  • Edge skips can not exceed 1/4″
  • Variation on width should not exceed 1/2″

We do not allow returns or exchanges on ANY No.3 fencing, as the pricing reflects the quality of the the material of the whole order

no 3 fencing

No. 3 Western Red Cedar Fence Boards

GLOSSARY as provided by The West Coast Lumber Inspection Bureau
Shake – A lengthwise separation of the wood with occurs between or through the rings of
annual growth.

  • “Light” or “Fine” Shake is not over 1/32″ wide
  • “Medium” Shake is not over 1/8″ wide
  • “Surface” Shake occurs on only one surface of the piece
  • Shake should not be confused with bark seams

Split – A separation of the wood through the piece of the opposite surface or to an adjoining surface due to the tearing apart of the wood cells.

  • “Very Short” is equal in length to 1/2 of the width of the piece
  • “Short” is equal in length to the width of the piece and does not exceed 1/6 the length
  • “Medium” is equal in length to twice the width of the piece and does not exceed 1/6 thelength
  • “Long” is longer than a medium

Skips – Occurs during milling when the board is too thin in an area to reach the planer blades, thus resulting in rough spot

Wane – Bark or lack of wood from any cause, except eased edges, on the edge or corner of a
piece of lumber

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