Want to know the best kept secret in the lumber yard? Head over to the fencing area and you will find it. Yep, untreated cedar fence boards are perfect for inexpensive DIY wood projects. With a little effort sanding and finishing, I think cedar is more attractive than traditional cheap pine boards.
Need proof? Check out each of these tutorials using cedar fence boards. For safety reasons, steer clear of the treated boards. They are soaked in chemical and breathing in that saw dust would be a bad idea.
Click on either the image or the link under the image to go to the full tutorials.
1. Modern Trapezoid planter. Make a statement with this large scale planter, either inside or out!
2. Split Herringbone Tabletop. While this tabletop is used outdoors, with care in finishing it looks polished enough to use indoors as well. This snazzy top can be built for around $35!
3. Rustic Beam Mantle. A great accent piece on the exterior of your home or if you want to embrace the rustic, yet modern look for your mantle this simple construction will look beautiful in your home.
4. Faux Shiplap Fireplace and Mantle. Got a blank wall that needs a focal point? Need a place to hang a mantle? Then this is your solution, because it can be built for around $100.
5. Rustic Fence Picket Framed Mirror. Who doesn’t love an oversized mirror? Thanks to Sarah at the Little Red Brick House, I bet you can guess what one of my next projects will be?
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Sarah @ Little Red Brick HouseJune 23, 2015 at 7:54 am
Thank you so much for including my mirror, Leslie! I can’t believe you made all of those amazing projects with fence pickets. That table!!! I’m definitely going to be using more pickets in my DIYing. 🙂
MegJanuary 13, 2017 at 7:26 pm
Did the cedar board sand easily. I want a wood that will not soak up stain and will still show the grain.
LeslieJanuary 16, 2017 at 2:24 pm
Meg, It did sand and soak up the stain well. If you want more of the grain to show then wipe it off immediately after you apply it and work in small sections.
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Seamless Floating Shelf - DeeplySouthernHomeJuly 16, 2018 at 3:07 pm
[…] The wood of choice for this project was “select cedar” because of it’s inherent ability to remain stable in high humidity applications. The soft wood grain and warm tones are also quite beautiful. The shelf was also going to be longer and wider than the less expensive option of cedar fence board. If budget is a concern for your project and size is not as important, I would recommend untreated cedar fence boards as I have used in other wood projects, with extra care taken to sand and finish both sides it’s amazing how good a fence board can look . You can see projects using cedar fence boards here. […]