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

360.757.6343

www.CedarCountryLumber.com

950 B Fountain Street, Burlington WA

 

Happy New Year!

As we close 2019, we want to wish all our customer, vendors, family and friends a very prosperous 2020! We will be closing early on New Year’s Eve and taking the day off for New Year’s. Back at it and here to serve you Thursday, January 2nd bright and early! Cheers!

Cedar Country Lumber of Burligton, WA is a supplier of high quality Cedar products nationwide. 2020 New Year's eve and New Year's Day hours.

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

 

Half Moon Bay Custom Home

Hot in the building market right now, Clear Western Red Cedar T&G for both interiors and exteriors!  Check out this stunning unique, contemporary home being built in the bay area of California.  We worked closely with the builder to ensure the specs of the siding were an exact match to the architect’s design. 

clear vertical grain western red cedar siding

After we milled the 1×6 clear, vertical grain Western Red Cedar Fine Line Tongue and Groove to the specified pattern, we had a factory flood coat of Penofin Red Label “Cedar” penetrating oil applied to the T&G siding.  Coated on all four sides and dried in a temperature controlled environment, the quality of finish that is achieved by this process just can’t be duplicated on the job site.  No waiting for perfect weather!

custom milled clear vertical grain T&g for exterior siding

We specialize in working with customers with unique building materials needs all over the US.  Because we are located in the “heart of cedar country” the only place in the world where Western Red Cedar and Alaska Yellow Cedar are grown natively, we are able to offer top quality materials and great prices.

custom cut western red cedar siding being installed on a home in california

Before your next project, be sure to visit us!

http://www.CedarCountryLumber.com

950 B Fountain Street, Burlington WA

350.757.6343

Thanksgiving at Cedar Country Lumber

One of the joys of Thanksgiving is wishing our friends, customers, vendors and colleagues a happy Holiday Season and a healthy and prosperous New Year!

We will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 28 & 29th so that our employees can enjoy the holiday with their families.  We’ll be back to serve you on Monday, December 2nd.

Thanksgiving hours for Cedar Country Lumber

www.CedarCountryLumber.com

360.757.6343

950 B Fountain Street, Burlington WA

 

Wood Timbers and Beams – Cracks and Checking

Nothing beats the look and feel of real wood products.  They bring warmth, beauty and charm that just can’t be duplicated with synthetic building materials.  As natural wood lovers, when larger timbers and beams crack and “check” (as they always do), we believe it only adds to the special character and appeal that only natural wood can provide.

When a tree is harvested, about half of its weight is water.  Soon after, it then begins dry and shrink about twice as fast along the growth rings than across them.

Western Red Cedar Timbers and Beams

After it is milled, smaller lumber pieces will dry faster than wood manufactured into larger timbers, beams or heavier boards.  As the outer layers of the bigger pieces dry and shrink, the center of the timbers will stay moist longer.  All these changes cause the lumber to move, check and crack.  The larger the timber or beam, the larger the cracks, as well.

This is NOT a bad thing!

Checking normally begin on the exterior surface of a timber and are not a structural concern.  In fact, because it releases the tension that has built up, it actually makes the wood stronger.

Western Red Cedar Timber Checks

All wood species will check differently.  Denser exotic woods check more readily than softer woods, such as Douglas Fir and Cedar, however, checks in harder woods are generally smaller.

Ways to help minimize checking:

  • Generally speaking, higher grades of materials will have more stability. Especially when choosing “free of heart center” instead of “boxed heart” grade (as applicable)
  • When building with Douglas Fir, and some other hardwood species, some larger timbers and beams can be kiln dried
  • Use proper acclimation techniques. Store your wood off the ground, out of direct sunlight and allow the ends to breathe prior to installation
  • Seal cut ends of hardwood timbers immediately after cutting

Please note all wood timbers and beams will continue to move; take on moisture and shrink, especially those installed in exterior applications.  Checking on large timbers and beams, in many cases, does not occur until well after it is installed.  On a loose rule of thumb, softwood timbers (such as Cedar and Doug Fir) dry about 1” per year.  This means it can take 6 years for a 12×12” beam to reach equilibrium to its surroundings, and there will be movement and change throughout the whole process.

Custom milled Cedar and Doug Fir Timbers and Beams for sale

Our team of Wood Building Material Specialists are happy to discuss options on timbers and beams with you that are grown in the Pacific Northwest including Western Red Cedar, Alaska Yellow Cedar and Douglas Fir.

We ship nationwide!

360.757.6343

950 B Fountain Street, Burlington WA

www.CedarCountryLumber.com

 

 

Clear Western Red Cedar Custom Milled Rail Cap

If you can dream it up, we can have it made!  We specialize in working with customers with unique building materials needs all over the US.

Because we are located in the heart of Cedar Country, the only place in the world Western Red Cedar and Alaskan Yellow Cedar are natively grown, we are able to offer superior quality Cedar building materials with exceptional pricing.  Whatever you are looking for, if we don’t stock it, chances are we can find a mill to custom make it for you.

We are currently working with a home builder in Half Moon Bay, CA on an exquisite custom home and are getting ready to ship out this custom milled, clear vertical grain Western Red Cedar rail cap along with more clear cedar T&G cladding for the project.

custom milled clear western red cedar rail cap

Starting with the architect’s specs, we had a line drawing created with the exact measurements for the customer to review before starting production.

custom milled western red cedar building materials start with a line drawing

Once the clear, vertical grain Western Red Cedar rail cap was milled, a filler piece of wood was attached to the bottom to help protect the “legs” during pre-stain and shipment.

Tight Grain, Clear Vertical Grain Western Red Cedar milled into a custom rail cap

Next, the rail cap was pre-stained with Penofin Ultra Premium Red Label in “Cedar”.  This will help protect the custom milled Cedar rail cap during shipment, on the job site, as well as during installation.

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A second field coat is recommended prior to installation on all four sides.

Stay tuned for more amazing photos of this project!  And before your next project, be sure to visit us!  We ship nationwide!

clear western red cedar siding

architect spec'd clear western red cedar tongue and groove siding

www.CedarCountryLumber.com

360.757.6343

950 B Fountain Street, Burlington WA