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Cedar of Lebanon Cedrus Iibani

FRAGRANT SOFTWOOD USED IN DRAWERS
The key characteristics of cedar of Lebanon are its smell and its ability to repel insects, which make it popular for the bottom of drawers and the lining of boxes. The markings are interesting, with gentle color changes from heart to sap and distinct latewood lines, but consistent texture. Cedar trees are often huge, with wide girths, so it is possible to find wide boards in a variety of thicknesses.

KEY CHARACTERISTICS
Type Temperate softwood
Other names True cedar, C. libanotica
Alternatives Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens), western red cedar (Thuja plicata), incense cedar (Calocedrus decurrens)
Sources Europe, Middle East
Color Light honey, with a pink-red hue in the latewood lines Texture Consistent, but a bit furry
Grain Mostly straight, but some gently curving, especially around knots
Hardness Soft to medium
Weight Medium (35 lb./cu. ft.) (560 kg/cu. m)
Strength Poor
Seasoning and stability Easy to season. Very stable with little movement.
Wastage Low
Range of board widths Good, with wide boards available
Range of board thicknesses Varies widely from mill to mill Durability Poor outside and does not take preservative well; it is not resistant to all pests.

SUSTAINABILITY
You are unlikely to find certified cedar of Lebanon, but check for threats in specific countries.

AVAILABILITY AND COST
Reasonably easy to source, but expensive for a softwood and hence used only for specific purposes.




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