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Aromatic Cedar

Aromatic Cedar

Aromatic cedar, also known as eastern red cedar, is a softwood that is native to eastern North America. It is a slow-growing tree that can reach heights of up to 60 feet. Aromatic cedar wood is light in weight and has a straight, even grain. It is easy to work with and takes finishes well.

Aromatic cedar lumber is a popular choice for a variety of outdoor applications, such as shingles, siding, and fencing. It is also used for making chests, closets, boats, pencils, and other small items. Aromatic cedar is prized for its resistance to decay and insects, as well as its pleasant aroma.

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    Rough cut lumber comes straight from the mill through the dry kiln in the form of planks. This is a version of lumber that has been kiln dried with no further processing.


    Surfaced Two Sides (S2S) is rough lumber that has been dressed on the top and bottom of the board in order to meet the requested thickness. Associated Hardwoods has state-of-the-art planers that dress the boards to meet the customer's exact specifications.


    Rip-To-Width lumber is where both sides of the board are ripped to a customer's specified width after surfacing. Also available S3S, straight line ripped one edge after surfacing.


    Rip-To-Width/Cut-To-Length is where the board is manufactured and defected to a customer's unique specifications.


    Glued-To-Spec is where boards are ripped & cut and glued into a panels.

NHLA Grading Rules

The NHLA grades are based on the percentage of clear-defect free wood on a board. The measurements of this percentage are referred to as clear-cuttings.

Other than the FAS grades, the grade of the board is determined from the percentage of these clear cuttings and do not consider defects outside of the clear areas.

Learn more about NHLA Grading with this downloadable resource.