Botanical Name: Juniperus virginiana Like most other trees known as “cedar,” aromatic cedar is not botanically a “cedar” at all. In fact, the tree from which this softwood comes is a juniper. But the timber contains cedar oil and gives off the familiar “cedar” scent that is said to repel moths. These two characteristics are the reason why the wood is frequently used to line closets and chests.
Other Names: Red cedar, eastern red cedar, Tennessee red cedar, juniper.
Sources: Canada and eastern U. S.A.
Characteristics: Straight grain; fine texture; reddish - brown; boards often have knots and bark inclusions. Uses: Carving, linings of closets and chests, veneers and pencils.
Workability: Generally good, but brittle; may break or chip when drilled; may split in nailing.
Finishing: Accepts finishes well, except for turpentine - based products.
Weight: 30 Ib./cu. ft.