natural barrier against decay and insects is the reason this wood
is traditionally used for fencing, shingles, decks, boats and
outdoor furniture. Cedar is a dimensionally stable wood, especially
when kiln-dried, meaning it lies flat and stays straight, resisting
the natural tendency as with other wood species to crack, providing
a splinter resistant and extremely smooth finish.
white cedar's wood weighs about 19 pounds per cubic foot air dried
and is considered one of the lightest of the softwoods. Because
cedar can withstand the outdoor elements such as decay and rot,
your Cedar Furniture really does not need a preservative. Many
folks prefer to allow their cedar furniture to "naturally
age" outdoors without any finish at all. In this way, the
furniture is visually harmonious with the landscape.
time, the color will weather from a light tan to a handsome silver-gray
highlighted by darker streaks, some variation of color is dependant
on the amount of sunight vs shade. If you prefer the natural look,
you might want to consider a wood sealer, which blocks the pores
of the wood. Free of pitch and resin, cedar can be finished with
semi-transparent or fullbodied stains or paints, should you prefer.