This stunning Western Red Cedar Pavilion is the creation of our friends at Minnesota Pergolas. Western Red Cedar is the preferred choice of wood for all the custom outdoor structures created by Minnesota Pergolas in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Due to the hot summers in the mid-west and cold winters, a covered Cedar pavilion will provide outdoor living space for these happy homeowners all year long!
With shipments of cedar lumber, siding, shingles, shakes, timbers, as well as other specialty building materials leaving our warehouse daily to all over the US, our customers value the quality of our products and our honest business practices, combined with excellent customer service and superior product knowledge. Before your next project, be sure to visit us!
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 begins to dry and shrink about twice as fast along the growth rings than across them.
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 begins on the exterior surface of a timber and is not a structural concern. In fact, because it releases the tension that has built up, it actually makes the wood stronger.
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.
We supplied the full, rough sawn appearance grade Western Red Cedar 4×6″, 8×8″, and 8×12″s for this custom Cedar Pergola and Dexperts of Bellingham, WA, provided the design, craftsmanship, and brawn to get the job done! Before installation, the cedar beams were given a coat of Ultra Premium Red Label Penofin “Sable”.
Ultra Premium Red Label Penofin exterior wood stain is made from a Brazilian Rosewood Oil base, which penetrates deeply to protect and nourish the wood’s fibers. With extra protection against mildew and pigments that provide ultraviolet protection against fading, Ultra Premium Red Label Penofin will help preserve and give longer life to any outdoor wood project.
Easy to apply, simple to maintain, with pigments that won’t fade, turn chalky or wash off.
With shipments of cedar lumber, siding, shingles, shakes, timbers, and other specialty building materials leaving our warehouse daily to all over the US, our customers value the quality of our products and our honest business practices, combined with excellent customer service and superior product knowledge. Before your next project, be sure to visit us!
We provide delivery service throughout northwest Washington, including the San Juan Islands, and ship nationwide!
Western Red Cedar is an ideal wood choice for outdoor structures due to its natural resistance to rot and decay, and workability. Grown natively in the Pacific Northwest, where Cedar Country Lumber is located, we can source top-quality Cedar timbers and beams in nearly any size and length, including beams over 20′ long, and ship them directly to consumers anywhere in the US.
Likely one of the most photographed projects we have had the pleasure of participating in, we provided the full dimension, 8×12″ Western Red Cedar timbers for this cross several years ago. Located in Centerport, NY, on the north shore of Long Island, Our Lady Queen of Martyrs R.C. Church was kind enough to send us these photos, along with a note from Father John.
Great stories with the cross – the man who put it together, a master carpenter, builds high-end houses and said it was the most meaningful thing he has ever done!! So many working on it – hope the pictures capture the meaning.” Father John
Prized for large outdoor structures, including pergolas, gazebos, and trellises, due to its workability and natural resistance to rot and decay,Western Red Cedarwill provide years of carefree service. It is also very lightweight, with unparalleled beauty.
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.
Due to 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.
Photos and craftsmanship by Bellingham Bay Builders
Before your next project, be sure to visit us! We ship nationwide and provide delivery Skagit, Island, Whatcom, and San Juan counties; and beyond!
Western Red Cedar is a solid choice for interior and exterior applications where strength, appearance, and serviceability are of utmost importance.
With its straight grain and uniform texture, Western Red Cedar has natural properties that provide greater resistance to insect attack and rot, and decay than many other kinds of wood. And, because it is free of pitch and resin, it readily accepts a wide variety of finishes, including paint.
Because Cedar Country is located in the Pacific Northwest’s heart, the only 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.
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!
With practically every size and dimension available, our Western Red Cedar Timbers and Beams are normally supplied “green”. 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 and 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
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 almost any outdoor structure, entryways, and a wide variety of other uses. Large knots that do not fall out are present.
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 natural coloring array, our Western Red Cedar 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.
The Color of Western Red Cedar Varies
When your Western Red Cedar Timbers arrive at your job site, proper storage is of utmost 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, are commonly used. All fasteners should be corrosion resistant or suitably coated to prevent corrosion and staining and 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 challenging to find, they should be secured before your Timbers arrive.