Canadian Western Red Cedar
Canadian Western Red Cedar is the provincial tree of British Columbia, (Canada) & can live to thousands of years old. A chemical substance is found in mature trees and serves as a natural fungicide, preventing the wood from rotting. This effect lasts around a century even after the tree is cut. The soft red-brown timber has a tight, straight grain. It is valued for its distinct appearance, aroma, and its high natural resistance to decay.
Use a Square (or a large hardback book) to get your sides at 90 degree angles before nailing or screwing together. Wood glue is also useful when slid into grooves before securing with a nail or screw. Watch for sharp edges. This may require two people to put together – get help if it proves tricky or buy assembled!