Red Cedar Planter Box - 20"
by All Things Cedar
Regular price $ 119.99
Planters and window boxes have become an economical way to beautify many patios, verandas and windowsills. There is no match for an attractively arranged, Western Red Cedar planter or window box. Wherever placed our cedar planters are an excellent addition to any ranch, backyard, frontyard, cottage, or apartment balcony.
- Clear Western Red Cedar
- Sanded finish
- Sanded/Routed Edges
- Mortised Wall Panels For Additional Strength and Longevity
- Removable Bottom To Accommodate Larger Plants
- Outside Dimensions: 18" x 18" x 20"
- Inside Dimensions: 15" x 15" x 15"
Why Red Cedar?
Western Red Cedar is renowned world-wide for its unique weather-resistant properties.
IT DOESN'T WARP: Cedar is a lightweight and stable wood that lies flat and stays straight. Which means it resists the natural tendency to crack and check, as you might find in many other wood species.
IT STAYS COOL: Western Red Cedar has an incredible thermal co-efficient, meaning even on hot days, it is cool to sit in. Its bacterial and fungal resistance coupled with the fact that Cedar is 80% the strength of Oak, makes it the most desirable wood to use for building outdoor furniture.
IT WON'T ROT: 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.
Western Red Cedar has been used for generations for roofing and shingles, fences, fence posts, planking for small boat hulls and, of course, for outdoor furniture. A Western Red Cedar fence post will last up to 16 years in the ground. We have found that left out year round, untreated and uncovered in Canada's rugged winters, the furniture will last a minimum of 8 to 10 years. Furniture that is brought inside or covered for the winter will last twice that long.
IT SMELLS GREAT: Naturally occurring organic compounds called (thujaplicin) give off that richly distinct cedar aroma that smells so good to humans but makes the wood highly unattractive to insects, moths and other pests. This is why Cedar is a choice material for closet liners and blanket storage chests.
A NATURAL ALTERNATIVE TO CHEMICALLY TREATED WOOD: Much of today's outdoor furniture consists of chemically treated materials. These materials hold up outdoors because they are soaked in a toxic stew of chemical preservatives that are strong enough to require warning labels for those who handle it. The three primary ingredients in pressure-treated woods are: copper, arsenic and chromium.
A controversy exists on the extent of arsenic exposure due to physical contact with CCA wood surfaces. Such surfaces include playground equipment, decks and picnic tables built using CCA treated wood. Studies have shown that virtually no inorganic arsenic is absorbed through the skin, but is readily taken up by ingestion. Thus, the potential exposure is hand to mouth, and therefore, children are considered the most vulnerable to this potential risk. Read more on this here!
CONSIDER THE ADVANTAGES OF USING CEDAR: Unlike Plastic or Resin furniture Western Red Cedar will not bow or sag over time. Western Red Cedar is non-toxic and safe for all uses. Over time the wood remains subtly aromatic and the characteristic fragrance adds another dimension to the universal appeal of our products. With a bit of care your Cedar furniture will not become dull sun scorched and faded, but rather will hold its handsome appearance year after year.
What makes Western Red Cedar Different?
Western Red Cedar in its natural unfinished state has a richly textured tactile grain combined with a glowing palette of warm, mellow tones ranging from light amber to deep honey brown. No man-made material can duplicate the depth of cedar's natural luster. WRC remains subtly aromatic, and the characteristic fragrance of Red Cedar just adds another dimension to its universal appeal.
Do I need to finish or treat the Western Red Cedar wood?
Because of the inherent nature of Western Red Cedar to withstand insect attack and the outdoor elements Cedar does not require a finish to keep its structure over the years.
Many folks prefer to allow their cedar furniture to "naturally age" outdoors without a stain or finish. Over time the colorful tones of the wood slowly weather to a handsome silver-grey and the grain of the wood will become slightly raised. Left completely natural this silver-gray color will eventually be highlighted by darker streaks formed from the reaction between the Cedar Resin and the zinc hardware.
Can I use a wood oil on Western Red Cedar?
We do not recommend using oil finishes on your cedar wood products.
Can I use wood sealer on Western Red Cedar wood?
Yes. A good wood sealer such as Thompsons Wood Sealer is useful by blocking the pores of the wood. This inhibits the grain from becoming raised yet allows the natural fading of the wood to a gentle silvery-gray color.
If I prefer a stained look, can I stain my Western Red Cedar products?
Yes. If you would like to preserve the colorful tones of the freshly sanded cedar any number of finishes can be used on cedar furniture. Little or no sanding, preparation or primer is needed when you use a stain.