Eastern Red Cedars are abundant on our property, taking over at any opportunity. I am always pulling tiny seedlings out of the flower beds or between landscaping blocks. The wood is not suitable for an indoor fire as it creates a lot of creosote so we don't cut to burn it as fuel. Well, maybe a piece or two into the bonfires.
As an alternative to managing the cedar population my husband is making cedar boards using his bandsaw, table saw and his planer. They will both look and smell wonderful, plus keep the garage cats out of his tools and other stored items.
First he takes a log and makes one side flat using the bandsaw.
(See how pretty the inside it. I neglected to take a photo as he was doing this so don't look too closely at the stuff stacked on top of the wood. It would not normally be there!)
Next, square up another side 90 degrees to the first side.
Put a fence on the saw- this is a guide that keeps the log straight so you can set the thickness of the cut.
One flat side of the log sits on the table. The other is up against the fence. The round part of the log faces out, away from the blade.
Push the log through the blade and you have made a rough board.
After you have the board, the table saw is used to square off the edges.
The whole log is not cut on the table saw, this is just sitting on it to show you how it started.
This is a rough cut board. There is still bark on the edge but bark has to be removed.
Here are some of the boards he made, in this case for my potato box so they won't be planed. It won't matter if they are completely smooth. For his cabinets he will put them through his planer for a nice, smooth edge. The plan is to build cabinets all over the garage walls, sloping the tops so the cats don't jump up there or just taking the cabinets to the ceiling. His tools and all the various cans, boat supplies, etc. will have an organized home and the cedar should help keep bugs down.
About a hundred years ago Missouri was one of the top lumber producing states with forests filled with white pine, creating a lumber boom boasting the largest sawmill in the country. Logging, natural fires and settlers burning the woods to rid them of ticks depleted the supply of trees requiring reforestation. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) which created state parks, fought forest fires and planted trees. Soon the Forestry Dept. was created which manages and maintains forests.
Annual growth of forests far exceeds the amount harvested, ensuring ample forests for future generations. Harvesting and processing trees into wood products gives thousands of people jobs and contributes about $3 billion each year to Missouri's economy. Wood industries provide countless people with the materials necessary to build homes, furniture and other items necessary to our daily lives. Approximately one-third of Missouri is covered by forest land, featuring some of the finest oak, walnut, pine and red cedar trees anywhere. Missouri Forest Facts Link