Thorogood’s Cedar of Lebanon is unusual for the sheer width of the boards. Sold with a waney edge, it makes it possible to maximize yield through clever selection of cuts. Our Cedar is also offered in thicknesses that are perfect for producing drawer sides, minimizing waste and cutting down on processing time. Cedar of Lebanon is an unusual timber, not often available in the UK market, which can make a beautiful addition to any project.
Used by civilizations for thousands of years, this rare wood is named for the ancient forest that could once be found on Mount Lebanon. Now favoured by woodworkers for turning, furniture and its natural lustre, Cedar of Lebanon is most famous for its distinctive and long-lasting odour, which is often used in perfumes and is wonderful for infusing homes with a sweet, attractive scent. The red-brown heartwood features a medium to coarse texture and prominent grain, with characteristic knots or bark inclusions.
While the timber itself is very easy to work using hand tools, Cedar of Lebanon’s tricky knots and bark pockets can cause difficulties. Once worked however, the wood can be easily turned and glued, and tends to finish extremely well.
Cedar of Lebanon tends to be easily workable precisely because it is soft. This also means that it bends very well but does lack shock resistance when finished.
Highly durable, Cedar of Lebanon has been used in construction by ancient civilisations for eons. Its durability, resistance to insect attack and ability to take treatment well makes it an excellent choice for cabinet making and joinery.
An ancient wood, Cedar of Lebanon is cited in the Bible as being used to construct Soloman’s temple and is featured on the Lebanese flag.
also good for
Cedar of Lebanon is best for veneer, cabinet making and joinery, but can also be used in fencing and garden furniture, dependent on grain.