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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360.757.6343

Cedar Pergola for Camp Orkila

Prized for large outdoor structures including pergolas, gazebos and trellises, due to it’s work-ability and natural resistance to rot and decay, Western Red Cedar will provide years of carefree service.   It is also very lightweight, with unparalled beauty.

Pergola made from Full, Rough Sawn Appearance Western Red Cedar

Recently, we were contacted by Bellingham Bay Builders to provide Full, Rough Sawn Appearance Western Red Cedar timbers for a structure they wanted to build for Camp Orkila.  Located on beautiful Orcas Island, Camp Orkila is committed to promoting healthy living and fostering social responsibility in our youth.

Please enjoy these photos of the crew constructing Camp Orkila’s new outdoor Western Red Cedar pergola.

Western Red Cedar is the ideal choice for outdoor structures

Red cedar beams being constructed into an outdoor pergola

Due the natural properties of Western Red Cedar, fasteners should be corrosion resistant.  We recommend using stainless steel, aluminum or hot-dipped galvanized fasteners when installing Western Red Cedar.

Western Red Cedar Timbers being constructed into a beautiful pergola

Full, Rough Sawn Appearance Western Red Cedar Timbers

Western Red Cedar PergolaPhotos and craftsmanship by Bellingham Bay Builders

Before your next project, be sure to visit us!  We ship nationwide, as well as provide delivery Skagit, Island, Whatcom and San Juan counties; and beyond!

www.CedarCountryLumber.com

950 B Fountain Street, Burlington, WA 98233

360.757.6343

 

 

Minnesota Pergola – Contestant for Pro Wood Market 2017 Photo Contest

Our customer, Kregg of Minnesota Pergola needs your help to win the Pro Wood Market 2017 photo contest for this amazing custom pergola we supplied the Western Red Cedar for!  Enjoy the photos and be sure to “click” the Pro Wood Market link to vote for his photos on Facebook!

Over sized Western Red Cedar timbers make this amazing build by Minnesota Pergolas

Custom built Western Red Cedar entry way with massive cedar posts and stone work

Western Red Cedar timber framed entry with Western Red Cedar T&G Soffits

timberlock screws are used to install the massive red cedar braces

Full Rough Sawn Western Red Cedar columns and posts

As written by Minnesota Pergola on Facebook~

“FRIENDS HELP!!
2017 was another amazing year for us! It is not over.
We need your help!!
We are once again a finalist in the Pro Wood Market 2017 photo contest.
If we win, we will receive alot of advertising oppourtunities and they will feature our Pergolas in their catalogs. 
If we win we will also be donating a new IPAD to someone in need.
Special thanks to Cedar Country LumberFastenMasterReal CedarGRK FastenersAmeriLux International
PLEASE CLICK AND FOLLOW THIS LINK AND HIT THE LIKE BUTTON ON OUR PHOTO ALBUM.”

 

Before you next project, be sure to visit us!  We supply top quality Western Red Cedar to customers nationwide!

www.CedarCountryLumber.com

950 B Fountain Street, Burlington, WA  98233

360.757.634

 

Western Red Cedar Table Arbor ~ DIY

Perfect for small spaces when a massive Cedar Pergola would be overwhelming, or as in this case, to add lighting above an outdoor picnic table, this Western Red Cedar Table Arbor is a great DIY project.  Easy to assemble and not a lot of special tools are required.

We used a 5’ Western Red Cedar picnic table we already own and made the table arbor appropriate for its size.  We modified the existing table by cutting 4” openings in the table top just outside where the table legs are to allow the table arbor to be secured to the picnic table legs, rather than the table top for more security and stability.

Material List

  • 2 ea 6’ 4×4” Appearance Cedar Posts
  • 4 ea 4’ 2×6” Knotty Cedar Boards
  • 4 ea 6’ 2×4” Knotty Cedar Boards
  • 8 ea 4’ 2×2” Clear Cedar Boards
  • 16 ea 6” Timberloc Screws
  • 8 ea 4” Timberloc Screws
  • 36 ea 3” Stainless Steel Screws

Tools Needed

  • Tape Measure
  • Cordless Drill & Bits
  • Chop (or Skill) Saw
  • Level

After the openings are cut through the table top of the picnic table, we squared the ends up on the 4×4’s, leaving one end on each flat (for the top of the table arbor) and angled the other end on each to add interest.  We attached the first post to an existing table leg using four of the 6” Timberloc screws about a foot down on to the table leg.   To ensure the two posts will be even in height, before securing the second one, use the level to determine the correct placement of the second post.  Attach with four 6” Timberloc screws.

For ease of construction, the next portion of the frame is built on the table top around the 4×4’s, but not secured to the 4×4’s.  We evened up the ends and angle cut the 2×6’s and placed them on either side of the 4×4 post, then laid out the 2×4’s with even spacing and secured the 2×4’s (after we cut the angles on the end) on top of them using 6” Timberloc screws through the 2×4’s into the 2×6’s.  Once the frame is assembled, around the 4×4’s, lift it up and secure it to the top of the 4×4’s.  Be sure to use the level to check the height on each end before securing each 2×6 to the 4×4’s with two 4” Timberloc screws on each side of the 4×4.  Each post will have a total of four 4″ Timberloc screws in it to secure the frame to the top.

Next, we squared up the ends of the 2×2’s and cut each into the desired angle, spaced them evenly on top of the 2×4’s.  We used 3” Stainless Steel screws to secure the 2×2’s onto the 2×4’s.  (p.s. cats are not very helpful for this portion of the job)

how to build a table top arbor out of western red cedar

Solar powered garden lights (3 sets) were secured to the table arbor using stainless steel staples.  This will add lighting to the table after the sun goes down.  (cats are not very helpful with this portion of the project, either)

Attaching solar string lights to a Western Red Cedar Picnic Table Arbor

How to build a table top arbor over a picnic table

The finished product ready for the next party!

To learn more about using the correct fasteners for this project, as well your other Western Red Cedar outdoor projects, please find more information by reading our blog post on this subject by clicking HERE  

Western Red Cedar table top arbor

Before your next project, be sure to visit us!  We ship nationwide!

www.CedarCountryLumber.com

1.360.757.6343

950 B Fountain Street, Burlington, WA

 

Western Red Cedar Timbers and Beams

Western Red Cedar is a solid choice for both interior and exterior applications where strength, appearance and serviceability is of up most importance.

With its straight grain and uniform texture, Western Red Cedar has natural properties that provide greater resistance to insect attack, as well as rot and decay than many other woods. It is also flame-resistant; and because is it free of pitch and resin, it easily accepts a wide variety of finishes, including paint.

Because Cedar Country is located in the heart of the Pacific Northwest, the only in place in the world where Western Red Cedar is grown, we have access to top quality material in extremely long lengths and large dimensions.

We shipped these beautiful 8×12″ by 32′ beautiful Western Red Cedar timbers to a customer in Kentucky. Even with shipping, the pricing, not to mention quality, is far superior to any our customer could find in his local market.

8×12″ by 32′ Western Red Cedar timbers

Another impressive project is this stunning outdoor space created by using 8×16” x 32’, 8×8″ and 4×4″ Full, Rough Sawn Appearance Western Red Cedar Timbers and Beams that we supplied to a customer on Long Island in New York. The craftsmanship on this project is truly amazing!

 

32' Western Red Cedar Timbers

Western Red Cedar Beams

With practically every size and dimension available, our Western Red Cedar Timbers and Beams are normally supplied “green”, but can also be kiln dried per order, which does take approximately 4 to 6 weeks depending on production and size of material. And while most timbers are rough cut, you also do have the option of having them surfaced on all four sides to produce a smooth, uniform appearance, if desired.

When the appearance of the highest quality Western Red Cedar is desired, Timbers that have been graded as “Clear” are most often chosen.  Clear Cedar Timbers are suitable for high quality landscape structures, as well as exposed posts and beams in heavy timber construction.  This grade is produced without cut-outs and the natural characteristics do not detract from the wood’s fine appearance.

Clear Grade Western Red Cedar Beams

Clear Grade Western Red Cedar Beams

 

Most often, Appearance Knotty grade Timbers are chosen.  Appearance Timbers and Beams represent good value for appearance end uses.  These timbers contain no large holes or pitch pockets and have very limited wane.  Appearance Timbers are suitable for most any outdoor structure, entry ways and a wide variety of other uses.  Large knots that do not fall out are present.

Appearance Grade Western Red Cedar Timbers

Appearance Grade Western Red Cedar Timbers

In some instances, when strength or serviceability is more important than appearance, we can provide Structural or “Standard” Beams and Timbers.  Structural Timbers are intended for engineered application where strength is more important than appearance, while “Standard” graded timbers are intended for general construction purposes where serviceability is more important than appearance. No structural values are assigned to “Standard” Timbers.

As expected, pricing on our Timbers is directly related to the Grade of Timber chosen, as well as size.  Timbers in length over 20’ can be considerably more costly per lineal foot than those under 20’, as are Timbers in width over 12″.

Highly sought after because of the stunning array of natural coloring, our Western Red Timbers will range in color from light yellow to a deep, rich dark brown-red.   Because our timbers are made from natural wood and each piece is beautifully unique, we are not able to select timbers based on color to fill orders.

Various Colors of Western Red Cedar Timbers

The Color of Western Red Cedar Varies

 

When your Western Red Cedar Timbers arrive to your job site, proper storage is of up most importance to avoid exposing the cedar to UV or moisture.  Your Timbers should be kept covered and banded together, as well as elevated off the ground until you are ready to begin installation.

Large Timbers and Beams will require fasteners larger than nails.  Bolts, lag screws, split rings and shear plates, as well as custom made hardware is commonly used.  All fasteners should be corrosion resistant or suitably coated to prevent corrosion and staining, as well as rated for structural use (as necessary).   Because the cost of fasteners and other hardware can be significant when building large structures, and in some instances difficult to find, they should be secured before your Timbers arrive.

Western Red Cedar Timbers require large connectors

We invite you to take a look at the OZCO Building Products on-line catalog as a premium source for fasteners for your Western Red Cedar Timber project.  We would be happy to provide pricing and order any of their quality products to help you build your dream.

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We Ship Nationwide!

www.CedarCountryLumber.com

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