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

www.CedarCountryLumber.com

360.757.6343

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 trough 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

Before your next project, be sure to visit us!

www.CedarCountryLumber.com

950 B Fountain Street, Burlington WA

360.757.6343

 

Clear, Vertical Grain Western Red Cedar Engineered T&G

Approved for both interior and exterior applications, engineered Western Red Cedar tongue and groove paneling is clearer and stronger than what nature can provide.  Hand selected for the best appearance, thin pieces of Clear, Vertical Grain Western Red Cedar are applied to quality knotty Western Red Cedar using the same techniques and glue used to make other engineered building materials rated for exterior use.

Engineered Cedar T&G

Knotty Back of Engineered Cedar Tongue and Groove Paneling

Knotty Cedar Substrate

  • 100% Clear, Vertical Grain Western Red Cedar T&G face
  • Lower in cost than solid stock Cedar
  • Nailed, sanded and sawn just like regular wood
  • Very stable. Minimal shrinking, twisting, cupping or splitting
  • Saves time and waste on the jobsite
  • Available in 1×4” and 1×6” in specified lengths up to 16’ in three T&G profiles     “Micro V”, “Fine Line” and “Flush”
  • 10 year Limited Warranty
  • Pre-finishing services available
  • Custom profiles and lengths available by special order

Clear Western Red Cedar Engineered T&G

 

All the Western Red Cedar used to produce this Clear, Vertical Grain engineered T&G comes from responsibly managed forests and no-urea-formaldehyde is used in the laminating process.   Perfect for exterior cladding or soffits, as well as interior wall or ceiling details, engineered Western Red Cedar tongue and groove paneling will provide many years of beautiful service.

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

www.CedarCountryLumber.com

360.757.6343

950 B Fountain Street, Burlington, WA  98233

Trending Now – Cedar Tongue and Groove Interior Paneling

Perfect for adding natural warmth to any room, Western Red Cedar tongue and groove (T&G) paneling is a trend that is being seen in new custom home construction, in commercial building, as well as in the remodeling market.   Easy to work with and high performing, Western Red Cedar helps designers and homeowners easily achieve an organic warmth in any room effortlessly.  Because Western Red Cedar is pitch and resin free, it readily accepts almost any stain or finish, including bleaching products.

Clear grades of Western Red Cedar T&G paneling are prized for a consistent and clean appearance, as well as natural, rich color variation between boards.  With exceptional stability, clear Cedar T&G will add sophistication and warmth that no man-made product can provide.

Clear Grade Western Red Cedar Interior Accent Wall

 

Less expensive than clear Cedar, a quality Architect or “Tight Knot” Cedar tongue and groove product will have knots that remain tight and sound through the life of the product.   Knotty Cedar T&G paneling will provide unparalleled texture and helps create an open concept living space, especially when used on the interior ceiling and extended outside the home or office into the soffit areas.

Knotty Western Red Cedar T&G Ceiling Detail

 

If you are looking to bring the beauty and serenity of the great outdoors into your living space, be sure to read our DIY blog for installing Western Red Cedar tongue and groove paneling.  And before your next project, be sure to visit us!

www.CedarCountryLumber.com

360.757.6343

950 B Fountain Street, Burlington, WA  98233

Craftsmanship on both of these stunning projects are by Impel Construction.  A highly respected and talented Stanwood / Camano Island and Methow Valley based contracting firm. They specialize in modern style home and commercial construction. 

 

 

DYI Tips for Installing Western Red Cedar Tongue and Groove Paneling

Western Red Cedar has been a prized building material for thousands of years due to its versatility, longevity and natural beauty.   In more recent years, it has been identified and praised for its use in “green building”.  All natural wood products, including Western Red Cedar, have been shown to have the least impact on the environment through their life cycle. Western Red Cedar building materials require less energy to produce than man made alternatives, are biodegradable, and are completely renewable and sustainable.

For interior, as well as exterior use, Western Red Cedar tongue and groove (T&G) paneling can be installed vertically, horizontally or diagonally.  It is commonly used as an exterior siding and cladding, in soffits and for ceilings, as well as either interior or exterior accent walls or paneling.

In clear grades, Western Red Cedar T&G it is commonly supplied in thicknesses of 7/16” or 1” in either 4 or 6” widths, while knotty T&G is commonly supplied in 1” thickness in either 4, 6 or 8” widths.   Either are available in a variety of profiles.

The various grades and thicknesses of T&G are designed for specific appearances and uses.  Our sales team is happy to discuss these with you to ensure you receive the correct product for your intended use.  Upon receipt of your Cedar T&G, it should be inspected to ensure it is the correct product that you and your sales person discussed, and that it is not damaged or visually unacceptable in any way before beginning installation.   Please note, however, since Western Red Cedar is a natural material, color variations, as well as some defects, are allowable within in each chosen grade.

Be sure to choose a fastener that has a high level of corrosion resistance that is recommended for use with Western Red Cedar.   Should your Cedar T&G be installed near salt water or in another area with high condensation, a severe level of corrosion resistant fastener should be selected.   We recommend using stainless steel ring shank nails in the appropriate grade for where the product is to be installed. The nails used need to penetrate at least 1 ¼” solid wood.   Plywood, sheet rock and/or particle board, or similar sheeting is NOT considered solid wood.

HORIZONTAL or DIAGONAL INSTALLATION:  Start at the bottom and work up with the groove edges facing downwards and the tongues up.  Cedar T&G up to 6” wide can be “blind nailed” through the tongue at an approximate 45 degree angle with one nail into each framing member.  Should the framing be covered by sheetrock, plywood or house wrap, before beginning installation, snap a chalklike or mark a line over the covering to ensure you nail at least 1-1/4” into the framing each and every time during installation.   T&G wider than 6” and those starter pieces and ending pieces will need to nailed to the framing through the face.  As you move up the wall, be sure to tap each piece into place with a rubber mallet and check to be sure you are staying level.

Clear, Mixed Grain Western Red Cedar Tongue and Groove Paneling Exterior Accent Wall

We supplied the Clear, Mixed Grain Western Red Cedar Tongue and Groove Paneling for this stunning accent wall of the newly constructed Craft Stove in Mount Vernon, WA

VERTICAL INSTALLATION:  Since framing generally runs up and down, you will need to provide “nailers”, horizontal blocking lines, or furring strips for the T&G to be installed properly.  Each piece of Cedar T&G will need to be secured to solid wood with at least an 1-1/4” penetration approximately every 12”.   Once the nailers are in place, use a level or plumb line to ensure the first board is installed plumb.  As with horizontal installation, pieces up to 6 inches in width can be blind nailed.  Wider pieces, as well as those in the beginning and the end, will need to be nailed directly through the face of the T&G into the solid wood behind.  Lightly tap each piece into to place and be sure to you are staying plumb throughout your installation.

Knotty Western Red Cedar Tongue and Groove Siding Cladding installed vertically

We supplied the knotty Western Red Cedar T&G that was installed vertically on this cute little cabin on Guemes Island, WA

Should you have more questions or concerns about how to install your Western Red Cedar Tongue and Groove paneling, please do not hesitate to discuss this with your sales person prior to installation of your product to ensure your Cedar T&G will perform at its best for you.

Before your next project, be sure to visit us!

www.CedarCountryLumber.com

360.757.6343

950 B Fountain Street, Burlington WA

 

Teepee Inspired Wedding Backdrop

A simple, yet beautiful, naked teepee makes a unique backdrop for a rustic country garden wedding.  Because it is easy to work with, as well as light in weight, Western Red Cedar is the ideal material to construct one from.

Materials List

  • 6 ea 16′ 2×2″ Western Red Cedar
  • 1 ea 8 – 12″ Bungee Cord
  • 6 ea 6″ 60d Galvenize Nails
  • Tulle or Decorative Ribbon
  • Flowers and Greenery
  • Small bungee cords or florist tape to secure flowers

Tools Needed

  • Tape Measure
  • Cordless Drill
  • 1/2″ Drill Bit
  • Hammer

Measure down from each 2×2 about 18″ and drill a 1/2″ hole through the board.  Feed the bungee cording through the holes and secure using a good knot.

how to make a naked teepee for wedding backdrop

Next drill an angled hole about 2″ up the other end of each 2×2.  These will be used to drive the 6″ nails through to secure the structure to the ground.

how to make a flower teepee for backdrop

Carefully wrap decorative tulle or ribbon around the bungee cord to cover.  Lift up and place each 2×2 “leg” in a circular pattern.  Secure each leg with one of the 6″ nails.

metal stakes secure the 2x2 western red cedar tee pee to the ground

Now your ready to add flowers, greenery and/or ribbons to decorate.  Using small bungee cords or florist tape works well.

rustic garden wedding backdrop teepee

 

flower tee pee how to

Congratulations to the new bride and groom!

 

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

http://www.CedarCountryLumber.com

360.757.6343

950 B Fountain Street, Burlington WA  98233

 

 

 

 

Clear, Vertical Grain Western Red Cedar Airfoil Louvers

We specialize in working with customers with unique needs.  When we were contacted with a very detailed architect spec for airfoil louvers made from Clear, Vertical Grain Western Red Cedar, we were thrilled with the opportunity to help.

Used in modern architecture, both commercially and in residential custom building, exterior wood louvers add a cool sophistication to the exterior facade with the look that only natural wood can provide.   Because of the natural properties of Western Red Cedar against rot, decay and insect attack, as well as its light weight and work-ability, it is the ideal wood choice for this type of project.

Western Red Cedar exterior louvers

The airfoil louvers we supplied to our customer were custom milled from the finest 2×8″ clear, vertical grain Western Red Cedar available on the market and will be used to provide shade as exterior blinds.  Because we are located in the heart of Cedar Country, the only place where Western Red Cedar is grown, we were able to source the highest quality material and turn this order around in a reasonable amount of time, at a reasonable price.

Clear Vertical Grain Western Red Cedar exterior blinds

Custom milled Western Red Cedar building materials are our specialty

The finest 2x8" clear, vertical grain Western Red Cedar was used to mill these custom air foil louvers

Custom Milled Western Red Cedar Louvers

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

www.CedarCountryLumber.com

360.757.6343

950 B Fountain Street, Burlington, WA  98233