Cedar Question (Ice Cooler Chest)

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Old 03-25-17, 06:33 PM
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Cedar Question (Ice Cooler Chest)

Hello all,

I'm going to build a very similar ice cooler chest (out of cedar) to the one in this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1A96fGXS2UM&t=190s

However, I bought some cedar yesterday, and I'm not quite sure how these 2 different types of Cedar will match up. I bought:

15 Incense Cedar Pickets (rough-sawn)
5 Red Cedar 2x4s (sanded)
(Using other wood for the frame that will not show)

What is the difference between incense cedar and red cedar and will it all match up well? The boards are pretty similar, although the pickets are more reddish...is that because they are rough-sawn, or a different wood entirely? Thanks.
 
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Old 03-25-17, 06:46 PM
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Put a little sealer on both to see:

The 2 pieces of wood I put sealer on are the bottom (pickets), and middle board (red cedar 2x4) The 2x4s look more yellow than the incense cedar, which I read is a white cedar?

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Old 03-26-17, 04:23 AM
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The DE pickets are basically rough sawn lumber without the refinements that the 2x4 went through, so some of the color variations are due to that. Also the variety of boards is different, one being a utility grade (DE), and the other being a structural grade.

Using the two grades to make this cooler will not be a problem as the two will serve different purposes, one for framing, and the other for fill in. Good luck with the project, and post a picture of the finished product.
 
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Chandler,

Once again, you truly are the man. Thanks for the quick reply. Let me explain a bit more. The 5 2x4 cedar boards I bought will be showing with the pickets. I bought a few 10 ft cedar-tone 2x4 boards for the frame that won't show much, if at all (to save a little cash).

So knowing that the pickets and 2x4s will be showing together, does it change your mind at all?

Or will it still look good? I don't mind working a bit and sanding every picket I use with an orbital sander.
 
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change your mind at all
Not at all. If I were building it, I would welcome the texture change from the framing to the fill. I would not sand the picket materials smooth. The roughness adds to the character.
 
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Thank you for the tip sir. Would you sand it at all? Maybe lightly with 120 grit to get the splintery stuff?
 
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Really, I wouldn't, but that is a call only you can make once it is put together. I think you will like the differences in texture.
 
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Good point. I can always sand at the end if not satisfied. I'll do it that way. Thanks again for all the help!
 
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I'm in Denver this weekend and showed my SIL this plan. He is going to use it and modify it with shorter legs (3-4") and use it for a shoe storage bin on their back landing. Hey, waterproof, nice looking. He won't necessarily need the drain petcock nor the bottle opener, however Having the shorter legs will make it "sittable". Right now, there are a dozen pairs of outdoor shoes sitting under snow.
 
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A few good coats of whatever you use for a finish will go along ways toward lessening the roughness of the rough sawn wood.
 
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