Cedar shelving

Old 11-02-01, 08:32 AM
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I have a fireplace mantel made of cedar. I would like to build bookshelves and entertainment center to match. Is cedar an appropriate wood for this use? (I am concerned about strength, workability, and the ease of finishing.) Are there specific varieties that should be used or should be avoided.
Old 11-02-01, 11:58 PM
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Cedar could certainly be used, but most that you find is rough-cut and would need to be planed. Westen red is the usual variety and presents no unique drawbacks except that it is fairly soft.
You might be better off using standard pine or 3/4 inch cabinet grade plywood and staining to match. The minwax stains can even be mixed to match your mantle finish.

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