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Northern Red Cedar For Topwaters

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Can anyone give me some feedback in regards to using red cedar for topwater lures. I have always used white cedar and will continue to use it as my best wood for turning on a lath. I just happen to run out of it. If anyone knows where I can get rough sawn white cedar, I would appreciate it. In the mean time, I lathed a few red cedar lures. Not bad. Not the best. The weight of the wood actually is lighter then white cedar in several cases. The wood seems a bit more brittle when it comes to counter-sinking for the eyes. Just curious. Your thoughts would be appreciated. Thank you. Charlie

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Red cedar is a little more dense than white cedar. I hear it contains quite a bit of red oil that can leach through finishes unless sealed with the proper undercoating (unknown to me).

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