Some types of cedar are incense cedar, Western red cedar and Eastern white cedar. Different types of cedar wood are available in regional and limited capacity.
The heartwood of incense cedar is light brown to light reddish brown, while the sapwood is creamy white. The heartwood is highly resistant to decay and has high dimensional stability. It nails and glues well, although one should use blunt nails to avoid splintering the wood.
Western red cedar is more rot resistant than Eastern varieties and comes from large trees, allowing it to yield a wider variety of dimensional lumber. Its sapwood is nearly white and the heartwood is fragrant reddish or pinkish brown to dull brown.
Eastern white cedar is naturally resistant to insect infestation and rot, moderately soft and lightweight. The sapwood is white, tinged with yellow, while the heartwood is usually light brown. It accepts glue, stains and finishes well and has medium strength.