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aromatic cedar wood questions

I am making a chest for my grandbaby using aromatice ceader wood this is the first time I am working with kind of wood and have some questions
1. I have planed and jointed the wood two days ago but when I came beck today it had went back to that fade look before I planed it, so after I glue up the boards do I just sand the boards to get that rich grain to show again and then the second questions is how do I seal this wood to get that nice rich grain to stay like that
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Cedar is just going to oxidize no matter what you do. You can slow down the process by finishing it as soon as possible after sanding. Another thing that would help is to use a product called sun block sold by Kwick Kleen. It's like sun screen made for wood. Then finish the chest with a UV protective finish such as Clear Shield UV Protective Coating.
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If your not looking to seal the wood for awhile, just simply use an old bed sheet or towel or something in that nature and put over the items you are working on. If your going to work on something else in the shop in the mean time keep it covered up too cause the lights will dull out the color as well. We only have two windows in our shop but the lights we have tend to do more of the dulling than the sun would in our case with cedar.

That seems to be the easiest thing to do if you aren't expecting to seal it real quick.

I would wait for sanding until project is near completion so that way you can sand it and then seal as soon as possible. If you sand it now and let it sit you will probably be coming back to sand it again if you don't cover it up or use the product that Steve mentioned above.

Best of luck!
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thanks so much
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The only down side to sealing the cedar is that you will lose a lot of the "aromatic" quality and the insect repellent character of those odors.
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The only down side to sealing the cedar is that you will lose a lot of the "aromatic" quality and the insect repellent character of those odors.
I just want to seal the outside of the chest and leave the inside unsealed
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I just want to seal the outside of the chest and leave the inside unsealed

I have built a couple of them. I use Gray Seal Spar Varnish on the outside and leave the inside unfinished to get the aroma. Worked great for me. Good luck
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Ehh cedar will turn colors on you no matter what you do. I have heard of something like sunblock that you can put on it, but I have never tried it.

"Courage is not knowing about when to take a life, but knowing when to spare it."
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New to the site, so this may be posted wrong.
I too am refinishing an old cedar chest that belonged to my wife's mother. This chest survived a fire about 65+ years ago, it was never attempted to retouch it for the entire time. I have recently retired and am now working in the wood shop that I have tried to have all my life. I have already started sanding the chest (seems the only thing that burned was the finish on the front). I have used a stripper to remove most of the rest of the finish.
I too want that real cedar look, but it seems quite faded. I was considering a wash with food grade hydrogen peroxide, to bring out the grain (or at least this is what I was told), anyone ever tried that trick?
Gonna use tung oil to finish it!
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