Cedar Aromatic 4/4 Project Pack: 20 Board Feet of Lumber

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Cedar Aromatic 4/4 Project Pack: 20 Board Feet

$171.00 /Pack

1-2 $171.00
3+ $153.90 /Pack (10% off)
Tip: mix or match for your best price! Details
Flat Rate U.S. Shipping
$0.00 West of Mississippi River
$20.00 East of Mississippi River

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hardwood lumber sizes
Aromatic Cedar lumber pack comes with an assortment of widths and lengths.
Here's what you can expect:
13/16" Thickness

Also known as 4/4, S2S.
Surfaced 2 sides (S2S) to 13/16" actual thickness. May still require you to flatten, plane, shape or sand your project parts to fit your project.

Learn more in our blog: "What Does 4/4 Mean in Lumber?"

4" to 5" Widths

This is the range of widths that are usually available in this pack.

  • Price shown is for a random selection of widths within this range
  • Special hand-selection is avaialble at an additional fee, please contact to inquire
  • Edges are rough sawn
  • Straight edge ripping service is available for a small fee

48" to 84" Lengths

Lengths will vary within this range.

A 20 board foot Project Pack is a great way to buy some lumber because they're simple and we stand behind them with our 100% satisfaction guarantee. A Project Pack includes a total of 20 board feet of our hand-picked lumber, and you'll get a fantastic assortment of widths (typically between 4'' and 5''), and lengths (between 4' and 8'). Purchase a Project Pack when you need enough wood to make a medium sized project like a coffee table or cabinet. As usual, all the lumber is surfaced on two sides (S2S), and kiln dried.

About Aromatic Cedar (Juniperus virginiana)



lbs /Bd. Ft.
-23.18% lighter than red oak (3.58 /bd. ft.)


Janka Rating
-30.23% softer than red oak (1290 psi)


Specific Gravity
-26.56% less dense than red oak (.64)

General Workability
Average 5/10
Red Oak

Wood Texture
V. Fine 2/10
Red Oak

Ease of Finishing
Good 3/10
Red Oak

map of where Aromatic Cedar tree grows
Aromatic Cedar is a domestic wood from North America

Aromatic Red Cedar boards tend to be knotty and narrow because this is a very slow-growing species, and most trees harvested tend to be fairly small in diameter. The wood is soft with a fine, even texture. Very knotty with distinctive cedar aroma. Soft, easy to work but knots may present some difficulties. Easy to finish.

color of Aromatic Cedar
Color Range
Light red with streaks of creamy white.
the Aromatic Cedar tree
What's The Tree Like?
Reaches a height of 40-60 feet with a buttress trunk which may often be angled with a diameter up to 24".
other names for Aromatic Cedar
Other Names
Eastern red cedar, Juniper, Red juniper, Red cedar, Virginia pencil cedar
uses for Aromatic Cedar
Some Typical Uses
Linen and blanket chests, pencils, boxes. Carves and whittles nicely.

lumber random widths Random Widths
You will cut and/or glue to create the sizes you need
rough sawn vs surfaced lumber Surfaced Smooth S2S
We buy rough sawn lumber and have it surfaced 2 sides (S2S) so you're ready to work
rough sawn vs surfaced lumber Kiln Dried
We stock kiln dried lumber and store it in a protected warehouse
rough sawn vs surfaced lumber 83%+ Clear
Unless stated otherwise, we stock Select & Better graded lumber that's at least 83% clear one side
  1. Decide how much board footage you need
  2. Factor in enough to work with! You'll want to arrange grain patterns, sort color, fix mistakes, run test cuts, make finish samples, etc.
  3. Lumber comes in random widths and lengths. If you need special size considerations, please let us know by using the "Minimum Size Request" box in the order form or by confirming your needs by phone or email.
  4. Expect your final amount of footage to change slightly. Buying by the board foot is an exercise in estimation, therefore we don't know the precise amount of footage you'll receive (and be billed for) until we physically select the wood for your order.
  5. We want to get your order right! So we may need to contact you for clarification. Please use a good phone and email during checkout.

This is the unit of measurement for hardwood lumber when it's bought/sold in random widths and random lengths.

Board footage is a measurement of volume, and it's abbreviated Bd. Ft.

One board foot is equal to 144 cubic inches.

board foot formula

It's a fraction that refers to rough (RGH) sawn thickness of lumber, and it tells you approximately how many quarters of an inch make up the thickness.

Surfaced lumber is thinner because it started out as rough sawn but it's been planed smooth. Planing removes thickness.

Rough Sawn (RGH) Surfaced (S2S)
4/4 ~1" 13/16"
5/4 ~1-1/4" 1-1/16"
6/4 ~1-1/2" 1-5/16"
8/4 ~2" 1-13/16"
12/4 ~3" 2-13/16"

Unless otherwise specified, our lumber is "Surfaced 2 Sides" or S2S for short.

Check out our blog for the full explanation.

lumber thickness Lumber Compared
Various lumber thickness as compared to one another

If you can cut your own pieces to size, here's how we can help:

  1. Enter requirements into the order form where it says, "Minimum Size Request"
  2. Tell us what you want to acheive or make
  3. You will receive wood that can yeild what you need. (You will create the final size)
  4. We may need to contact you for clarification

You will cut and/or join your material to create the finished sizes you need. We'll pick out wood that will give you enough to do that. For this reason, the final amount of footage you receive in your order will be slightly different, and your final billed charge will be different.

If you want to only buy pieces of an exact size, that will be sold differently. Please contact us for a custom quote.

Sadly, wood cannot be 100% guaranteed to be clear on both sides all the time. Most of our lumber is graded "Select" and better, which means it's at minimum 83% clear on one side.
Hardwood grades explained

Customer Ratings & Reviews

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21 Total Reviews
June 28, 2019
5 out of 5
Cedar 20 board feet
Review by  Zak from FL
Very high quality, very pleased.
Verified Buyer
March 8, 2019
5 out of 5
Smells good
Review by  Mr Z from Wyo
Just what I needed
Verified Buyer
December 6, 2018
5 out of 5
Mark Patneaude
Review by  Mark from Priest Lake, Idaho
I ordered two 20 board foot packages to use in a blanket chest project I will be starting soon. It took about 2 weeks to receive the wood but it was worth it. Other than a small split on one board it was excellent quality. I will definitely use Woodworkers Source again.
Verified Buyer
August 30, 2018
4 out of 5
Happy with the purchase
Review by  piopanieri from Washington State
Received five nice long boards. One had a minor crack, rendering part of it (about 12 inches) unusable at full width, but I don't plan to to use it that way anyway. The other pieces were perfect, beautiful, without too many knots. Glad I paid extra to have one edge jointed/planed flat; made life a lot easier. I would recommend this product, especially with the free shipping.
Verified Buyer
April 5, 2018
5 out of 5
Red Cedar
Review by  Dog Paddle from Missouri
Needed wood for a sword plaque.
Verified Buyer
March 13, 2018
3 out of 5
A Toss Up
Review by  Flannel from MS
I want to be clear, I think a 3/5 is a way of saying "average". It isn't mean to be "bad", per se. First, the good stuff... The cedar project pack was shipped conveniently (a major carrier), easily tracked, and extraordinarily well packed for protection. I've ordered lumber online before--I'm an amateur garage woodworker--but this was my first from Woodworker's Source and they get the highest marks for the package itself and its handling. On top of that, the wood was very well milled. Another excellent part of the experience. I got 5 boards and all fairly uniform, so I'll be able to make the most of the wood (rather than lots of random widths and the like). Next, the "bad" (or at least uninspiring)... Of the five boards, one was truly excellent. Cedar is going to be knotty, its just part of the character of the wood, you have to embrace it--so I didn't expect these to be free of "blemish". One had very few knots, no cracks, beautiful color and grain. Two were 'very good". One or two major knots (which is cool), but some minor ones around. All in all, still great. That's 3 of the 5. The remaining two, eh... that wasn't great. One was super-duper knotty. Just clusters all on top of each other. It'll be hard to do much with that board. Another was relatively clean, but had a crack running up the middle--wide enough I could slide a playing card into it easily all the way and running for around 14 inches into the board. I can cut around it, I could 'poxy it for something--but still. So, the wood itself? Great, good, and definitely two boards I'd have avoided entirely had I picked through my local supplier. At the least? That last one? I'd have simply not compromised for that, probably. And, last--the "ugly"... The process was, frankly, disappointing. I placed the order, with the prominently displayed promise that "your order ships our place in 3 days". Well, I waited 1 whole week while it sat in pre-production and then tried to contact Woodworker's Source. Right off the bat, the contact form redirected me to a 404 error--now, for a first-time site user? That's a death sentence, nothing makes you feel like a place is sketchier than that. I sent a Facebook message telling them about the contact form problem, and to their credit they called me. High marks, then, for responsiveness. But, the fellow who called could only assure me that they had some delays, some things that took up their time, and they'd get my order off--it was, as he said, "right here, ready to go". The status on the order didn't change until, like Thursday. So, I'm something like 10 days of nothing. From there it was "shipped and I got it in an extremely timely manner. So, yes, high marks for a responsive team--but I really should have been alerted of a delay due to "things going on, the sale was crazy" instead of having to hunt for an answer. Pro-active communication, not re-active. I'd have preferred that. Especially as a new customer. And the aftermath? It looked like nothing much happened for days. Enough days, in fact, that the "we'll ship in 3 days" very well appears to have started only when I had to get in touch with a complaint--the optics of that are terrible. So... in short? Average. I'd be tempted to try another project pack of something (Sapele or something simple, maybe Cherry), but I'm also tempted not to. It'd be an easier decision if the experience was excellent (then it'd be a "YES!") or terrible (NO!"). But average means I'm likely to just give other places a try for my money or check in with my local supplier before taking the chance on a worse experience (even in the gamble of getting a better one).
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