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The Advantages of Cedar for Outdoor Furniture

While other wood species are available, cedar is our wood of choice for our Adirondack chairs, tables and benches.  5/4 cedar is the minimum thickness material we use for any of our cedar furniture.  5/4 cedar is a full 1 inch thick when finish sanded.  This is considerably heavier (33%) than most of the furniture you will find on the market. Cedar affords the best value to our customers by providing lower cost, lighter weight and excellent weather and rot resistance:

  • Cedar is a lightweight and dimensionally stable wood, which means it resists the natural tendency to crack and check, as you might find in many other wood species.

  • Western Red Cedar has incredible insulating properties, which means that even on hot days, it is cool to sit in.

  • Western Red Cedar fibers contain oils that act as natural preservatives to help the wood resist rot and decay, making it excellent furniture material for moist or humid climates. These properties also make Cedar a very popular material for hot tub and sauna areas.

  • Among other things, these naturally occurring oils give off that distinct cedar aroma that makes the wood highly unattractive to insects.

  • Its bacterial and fungal resistance coupled with the fact that Cedar is 80% the strength of Oak, makes it one of the most desirable wood to use for building Adirondack chairs and other outdoor patio furniture.

  • We buy high-quality lumber, which we offer 3 ways:  Rough Cut, Ready to Assemble and Fine Finish Sanded.

  • Cedar, left unfinished, weathers to a silver-gray, a no-maintenance look preferred by many.

  • Cedar readily takes most exterior grade finishes, including paint, stains, spar varnish and oil finishes