Western Red Cedar Shakes ~ Grades and Definitions

western red cedar cantsUsed for many centuries in the Pacific Northwest due to the abundance of material, Western Red Cedar Shakes were a natural building material choice.

Standing the test of time with decades of proven protection, rot and decay resistance, as well as natural beauty, Western Red Cedar Shakes are popular choice for today’s constructions projects all over the world, including those built using Green Building techniques.


Building products made from natural wood have been proven to provide the highest insulation value (thus saving the consumer money on electricity), use less energy to produce and are from totally renewable resources.  In addition, when the life cycle is complete, products made from wood can be easily and safely disposed of.  Read More HERE

Shakes are made from splitting blocks, rather than sawing, and are used on roofs as well as sidewalls.  At Cedar Creek Lumber, we offer two main types Western Red Cedar Shakes in either 18” or 24” lengths from mills that meet Certi-Label quality control standards

  • Handsplit & Resawn
  • Tapersawn

Handsplit & Resawn Western Red Cedar Shakes have a split face with a sawn back and are available in ½” (“mediums”) or ¾” (“heavy”) thickness with a naturally rustic appearance.

Tapersawn Western Red Cedar Shakes are sawn on both sides for a semi-textured look, though not as precise as what is commonly found on shingles.  Tapersawn shakes are thicker than common shingles, which produces a thicker shadow line.  Available in 5/8”, 3/4” and 7/8” thicknesses.


Western Red Cedar Medium Shakes


Our Western Red Cedar Shakes are available with pressure impregnated fire retardant or preservative treatment, hip and ridgecap, as well as custom cuts and finishes if desired.

For information on proper installation, please click HERE.  For care and maintenance information for your Western Red Cedar Shakes and Shingles, please click HERE


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Shingle Grades and Definitions

harvesting western red cedar blocks

In North America shakes are typically made from California redwood (Sequoia sempervirens), Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata), and in some cases, Alaskan Yellow Cedar (Cupressus nootkatensis), while in Scandinavia and Central Europe they are more commonly made from Pine (Pinus sylvestris).  Shingles are made from blocks that have been edge cut using a circular saw, where as Shakes are split.  Shingles can be used on roofs as well as sidewalls.

Shingles are manufactured by clamping blocks of wood into a carriage that slides back and forth across a blade, tilting and moving the block closer to the blade with each pass to automatically form a tapered cut of the correct thickness, thin on one end and thicker on the other.  Next, to remove irregular edges and to create a tailored appearance, the shingles, are finished with a trim saw.  The thickness at the “butt”, or thicker end of the Shingle is generally about 3/8”, but does vary.  The final correct thickness for Shingles is based used a stack of Shingles, rather than a single piece.

We offer a wide selection of Shingles made from Western Red Cedar,  as well as Alaskan Yellow Cedar, that will help you achieve the look you desire in a wide range of price points; from custom cut, dried and colored Shingles to utility grade Shingles that are much easier on the pocketbook.

In today’s market place, Western Red and Alaskan Yellow Cedar Shingles are available in 3 common lengths

  • 16” ~ Also known as “Fivex”
  • 18” ~ Also known as “Perfection”
  • 24” ~ Also known as “Royals”

After the Shingles are cut, when using the Cedar Shake & Shingle Bureau’s Certi-label grading system, they are graded into three main categories

  • Number 1
  • Number 2
  • Number 3

Number 1 ~ the highest grade of shingles are 100% heartwood, 100% clear and 100% edge grain.  Western Red Cedar Shingles in this grade are sometimes referred to as “Blue Label”, which is a Registered Certi-label trademark.  These are available in 16”, 18” and 24” lengths in either Western Red Cedar or Alaskan Yellow Cedar.  Our number 1 Shingles are available with a pressure impregnated fire retardant or preservative treatment.

Number 2 ~ a perfectly acceptable grade for many applications.  Some flat grain and limited sapwood are permitted, however there is not less than 10” clear on 16” shingles, 11” on 18’ shingles and 16” on 24” shingles.  Western Red Cedar Shingles within this grade are sometimes referred to as “Red Label”.

Number 3 ~ a utility grade for economy applications; commonly used on sheds and utilitarian buildings or for starter courses for higher grades.  Within this grade, there is not less than 6” clear on 16” and 18” shingles, 10” clear on 24” shingles.  This grade of Western Red Cedar Shingles are sometimes referred to as “Black Label” due to the grading system put into place by the Cedar Shake & Shingle Bureau.


Sidewall Shingles

Rebutted & Rejoined Shingles ~ Shingles that are a sawn and remanufactured on all four sides to ensure square butts and parallel edges for superior appearance on sidewall applications.  Rebutted and Rejoined Shingles are available in Number 1 and Number 2 grades and are available in all three lengths (16”, 18” and 24”).  These Shingles are commonly referred to as “R&R’s” and are predominately provided Kiln Dried.

western red cedar shingles


If desired, Western Red Cedar R&R Shingles can be provided with a sanded or machine grooved face, as well as pre-primed or pre-stained.  To find out more about what we offer in “off the shelf” colors and custom pre-primed and pre-stained Sidewall Shingles, please click HERE

custom stained western red cedar sidewall shingles


Fancy Cuts ~ manufactured from #1 Western Red Cedar Shingles into a variety of shapes that are 3” & 5” widths cut from 18” & 24” lengths; offered in 8 different patterns, with an endless variety of custom cuts and finishes available.  These Shingles add unique charm and character to gable ends, balconies, fences, entry ways, interior and exterior walls.  To find out more, please click HERE

fancy cut western red cedar shingles manufactured by Teal Cedar


For installation information, as well as care and maintenance recommendations, please visit the Cedar Shake & Shingle Bureau resource guide HERE


western red cedar shingle

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Douglas Fir Lumber

Douglas Fir is North America’s most plentiful softwood species, but is technically not a true fir, pine or spruce.  It grows very plentiful in the Pacific Northwest coast forests, which is governed by some of the world’s toughest environmental laws that provide protection for watersheds, soil and natural habitats.  Reforestation by systematic replanting has been on record in these forests since 1912.

Douglas Fir is unique among all softwood species in that it is naturally dimensionally stable, having the ability to season well in position. When initially milled, it is a creamy yellow that darkens and reddens over time when exposed to light.

It has remarkably straight grain and has become the favorite choice for timber framing and exposed beam building due to the wide availability of large timbers.  It’s lovely color and ability to machine into exceptionally smooth pieces, make it a popular choice for interior and exterior trim, flooring, interior paneling, as well as siding.  It also can hold all types of stains and finishes, including paint.

Photo and Craftsmanship by Soundecks of Anacortes, WA

Photo and Craftsmanship by Soundecks of Anacortes, WA


TimbersSelected for visual appearance, as well as structural strength, we can provide Doug Fir timbers in most any size or grade, Select Appearance being the most common.  Our Doug Fir timbers are also available “free of heart”, which means that the bull’s eye heart wood found in the center of most beams is absent.  Free of heart timbers are more stable and are less prone to checking than timbers with heart wood.

If desired, your Doug Fir timbers can be provided kiln dried or surfaced on all four sides.


We provided the custom cut Doug Fir Timbers for this stunning entrance

We provided the custom cut Doug Fir Timbers for this stunning entrance


Interior and Exterior Trim, and Other MaterialsBecause both appearance and dimensional stability are important, Doug Fir ‘s characteristics make it an excellent choice for interior and exterior trim, interior paneling, door casings, mantels, flooring and other products.  When dried, it does not check or show a raised grain.

Notice in this photo the coloring of the aged Doug Fir interior paneling verses the newly installed Doug Fir flooring

Notice in this photo the coloring of the aged Doug Fir interior paneling verses the newly installed Doug Fir flooring


As defined by the Western Wood Products Association:  Lumber grades of Douglas Fir are assigned on the basis of visual inspection and/or mechanical testing and are divided into three basic classifications which reflect the intended end uses:

Structural lumber for residential, commercial and industrial uses is graded for its performance in load bearing or load-carrying applications. Physical working characteristics are the primary considerations and appearance is secondary. These products are typically grade stamped with the following information:

  • Registered trademark or logo of WWPA;
  • Mill name or mill number identifying the origin of the product;
  • Moisture content designation at the time of surfacing;
  • Species or species combination; and
  • Grade name
A great example of our Free of Heart Center, Custom Cut Douglas Fir Timbers.  These were also Kiln Dried and Surfaced (S4S) for the customer's project.

A great example of our Free of Heart Center, Custom Cut Douglas Fir Timbers. These were also Kiln Dried and Surfaced (S4S) for the customer’s project.

Appearance grades are assigned to lumber intended for applications where appearance is the most important factor. These grades cover products ranging from the exquisitely beautiful to the most utilitarian. They may be sold as SELECTS, FINISH or COMMON boards, run-to-pattern for siding and paneling products, or used for a variety of purposes. The grades of appearance products are often certified by written documentation rather than marked on the lumber. Some products may be identified or grade stamped on the back side or ends, but the highest grades are rarely stamped to avoid marring the beauty of the wood.

Unlike the structural grades, appearance lumber is milled and graded according to aesthetic rather than structural performance criteria. Color, grain pattern, texture, knot type and size are the factors that influence the grade.

Factory and Shop grades are assigned to lumber intended to be recut, to recover the clear portions in the piece for manufacturing into other wood products such as windows, doors and cabinets, and for moulding, trim and specialty products.

While there are special categories within each of these broad classifications, nearly all lumber grades fall within them. Douglas Fir products are available in all three classifications and many Douglas Fir products are available in special grades and sizes for international markets.

Moisture content levels are carefully controlled in the highest grades to ensure these premium products will meet the strict dimensional stability requirements of finish carpenters, furniture manufacturers and cabinet makers. The less “perfect” grades are an economical choice for many utilitarian applications.

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Happy New Year!

Thank you for an amazing 2014!!

We look forward to working with you in the new year!

We will be closing early on New Year’s Eve and will be closed New Year’s Day through Sunday, January 4th.

Wishing you and yours a prosperous New Year

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Why Western Red Cedar is the Ultimate Building Material

With centuries of proven performance, Western Red Cedar is the ultimate choice in building materials.  Whether it will be used as fencing, siding, decking, trimpanelingoutdoor structures or interior beams, it is renewable, sustainable and biodegradable.

In fact, due to aggressive forest management practices, there are more Western Red Cedar trees in North America than there were 100 years ago.  And nothing compares to the warmth and beauty Real Cedar provides.

Don’t settle for imitation products, choose Real Cedar!

Take a moment to watch this very informative video produced by the Western Red Cedar Lumber Association, featuring our friend Paul Mackie, to learn more


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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from your friends and Cedar Creek Lumber!

May the New Year bring you much peace and happiness!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

We will be closed on Thanksgiving, as well as the Friday after. We wish you and yours a blessed holiday season!

happy thanksgiving

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Rustic Cabin

A labor of love, a place of peace, in the middle of nowhere…our little cabin.

Designed and built by owners, Tom and Kym, this little cabin was built using products from Cedar Creek Lumber including Western Red Cedar Shingles and trim, Doug Fir interior paneling, pine trim and composite decking.


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This  fall photo of our cabin that we recently posted on Instagram was chosen to be a part of  a collection of cabin photos on Cincinnati Refined’s website.

To view the entire photo collection of cabins they featured, click the photo below, or click HERE to be redirected to their website

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 Please enjoy these photos of our cabin building

cabin foundation

2 first floor of cabin

3 interior cabin view

Cabin's First Winter

4 spring at the cabin

Installing Western Red Cedar Shingles

cabin interior

Exterior of the Cabin is complete

8 cabin interior

Doug fir paneling lines the interior walls

Pine T&G lines the ceiling

pine t&g lines  and doug fir flooring

Western Red Cedar Bevel Siding

pine trim is not installed

"dry" cabin kitchen

Custom Made Ladder

rustic country cabin christmas decor

Rustic, Off Grid Cabin

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Make Your Own Rustic Country Christmas Tree out of Western Red Cedar

Perfect for small spaces and those who love simplicity.  This crafty little tree can be made in practically any size and can be displayed indoors as well as out.rustic christmas tree made from cedar scraps

Start by determining how tall you would like the tree to be.  Cut a piece of 5/4×4″ Western Red Cedar to the length desired.  Next, measure up about 10” from the bottom of the trunk and begin laying your pieces of scrap lumber.

Pieces that are ¼” thick, in varying widths work really well and add a nice country charm.  Use your longer pieces at the bottom, working your way up to the top with shorter pieces.

A good way to make your spacing even between rows, as well as keep your slats level, is to use a block of wood about 1” thick and place it in between courses.  Attach each course using Stainless Steel or coated screws that firmly secure the material together, but doesn’t penetrate all the way through the trunk piece.  Other types of fasteners can leave streaking and can corrode, especially if your tree will be displayed outdoors.

Next, measure out the longest piece on the bottom evenly on both sides and draw a line from that mark to the center of the top.  This will create the perfect triangle.

Using a skill saw, follow the shape of the triangle and you will have a perfect Christmas tree shape.  The tree can be displayed in its natural state, or if you prefer, a white wash can be applied.

rustic christmas tree


The make the white wash, mix white latex paint with water.  We used a ratio of ¼ paint to ¾ water, for this tree so that the finish is light and the natural characteristics of the wood come through.

Now your Rustic Country Christmas Tree is ready for decorations!

rustic wooden christmas tree


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How to Make Your Own Jenga Set

Fun for outdoor parties, family reunions and other gatherings, a large, “life sized” Jenga set will provide hours of entertainment for reasonable cost and a little effort.

These instructions will yield a Jenga set that has 18 rows that have three pieces laid next to each other (a total of 54 pieces). For instructions on how to set up the game and rules for playing click HERE

Materials Needed

  • 5 pieces of 2×4 Kiln Dried Cedar Decking 10’ Long
  • Chop Saw
  • Tape Measure
  • Belt Sander (or hand sanding pad)
  • Safety equipment including Glasses, Ear Plugs, etc

Cost for the Cedar Decking:  Approximately $50

cutting cedar deck boards for a life sized jenga set

Measure once!  Start by creating a jig for the Chop Saw by taking an 8 or 10 foot scrap piece of material and clamping it to the saw.  Have at least a foot of the scrap piece go past the blade of the saw.  Next, measure 10 ½ inches from the saw blade and screw a block into the scrap piece that the edge is 10 1/2 inches from the saw blade.

By butting the end of the board into the block each time, you will be cutting a perfect 10 ½” piece each time.

Next, set the depth setter on the saw to allow it to cut only through the 2×4 and not through the scrap piece of material that you clamped to the saw.

Cut the deck boards into 54 pieces.  Do be sure to check the block occasionally to ensure it has been bumped from the 10 ½” you set it away from the saw blade.


how to make a big jenga set


We recommend using Kiln Dried Cedar Decking to help ensure the material slides nicely without catching when the game is in play.  A good sanding will also help with this.  We used a belt sander, but hand sanding with a block covered with fine grit sand paper would also work fine.

sanding big jenga pieces


Since we are using the Jenga sets we built as an auction item to help raise funds for our local builder’s association (SICBA), our local economic development association (EDASC), as well as our local policeman auxiliary group this holiday season, we are branding the pieces with our name and logo.

how to brand a cedar jenga set


how to make a big jenga set out of cedar


how to build a life sized jenga set out of cedar and brand it


Branding irons, such as this one, can be obtained from our friends at Custom Branding Irons.  It is a great way to add that special touch to a wood working project.

how to build a big jenga set out of cedar


how to make an outdoor jenga set


Now the set is ready to play!

instructions for how to make a giant jenga set out of cedar decking


When the Jenga set it not in use, we recommend keeping it under cover and dry.

outdoor jenga set makes a great gift

Makes a unique gift!

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