Cedar: A Great Choice for Outdoor Projects
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Cedar is a great choice for outdoor projects. Because it's naturally resistant to decay, it will last for a very long time. In fact, you can even leave cedar unfinished. It will weather to a nice silver-gray color. Or, you can apply a penetrating oil finish that will help preserve its golden tone for longer. Cedar is also lightweight, which makes it great to build arbors, pergolas, and other structures that you may have to heft into place as you build.
"Rough-sawn" cedar that has one smooth face and one rough face can be found at any home center, but may not be suitable for some projects. Smooth cedar is available, too, but can be a bit pricey—especially in the higher grades that have fewer knots and straighter grain. Cedar also cuts easily and accepts glue, screws, and nails well. Be cautious when cutting, though, as the sawdust can irritate your eyes and lungs. A dust mask and safety glasses (which you should wear while building anyway) are enough to prevent this irritation for most of us.