on wood characteristics. On about page 25 you'll find some comparative data on various mechanical parameters. Western red cedar doesn't look good compared to several softwood alternatives. Douglas fir still appears to be a feasible softwood.
If you root through the publication, you'll find info on rot resistance and other characteristics. Note that it is available for about $10 if you prefer not to get your hand mousy.
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