Rated 3.4 out of 5 by 97
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by doug0613 GREAT PRODUCT
I read a lot of complaints about this product, maybe this can help clear things up.
Acclimate – this is done in the box, no where on the box does it say to remove the product, also if you bought this “off the shelf” at your local Home Depot the product is already adapted unless your home has a different climate than your store.
Warpage - ALL wood will warp if you lay it around, it must be bound and stacked to keep it straight. You can try this with 2x6's leave them lay around long enough and you've got warped wood. Cedar being a dry wood and cut thin it will curl up in front of your eyes.
Inspect – count how many panels there are in a box if there are too many “bad” ones (cupped, split, warped, broken) return it and tell the rep it's defective. If you have a few in many boxes repack them into one or more boxes and return those boxes.
Installation – this product is decorative it's hung like siding not nailed in place like shingles
use an 18ga brad nailer with 1 3/8” nails for 1/2” drywall
tongue and groove often has to be tapped together, if it breaks you hit it too hard...we call this a hint
work from the top down the boards can be straightened as you nail them by propping them up
short pieces can be better than long ones, you can glue them or nail them in place
you don't have to hit a stud on every short board the lower boards will hold the upper
use short, split and broken boards to fill in under the base cove
Tip - its a closet not a piece of furniture on display at a museum (this will make sense later when you fill it with clothes)
Thin – thickness is listed on the box
Not easy, hard to work with – life is hard
Splits easily – cedar is a hard dry wood, cut it thin and it can split easy
Grooves in wood, very knotty, inconsistent color – use wallpaper
Must use imagination to utilize all boards in package – THINK, it works sometimes
Too much waste – try laying hardwood flooring
Different lengths in carton 48", 36" and 12" – this is a good thing
September 29, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by neburnoloc Aromatic and great results.
The CedarSafe Aromatic Cedar Natural Closet Liner Planks were very easy to install, I used them in a linen closet for moth protection. Yes there were some warped and damaged boards in the bunch, however if you are patient,and measure out your project and maximize each board I am sure they will work out for you as well. They are only 1/4 of an inch thick by 3 3/4 inch wide and RANDOM lengths , smooth face tongue and groove, a box covers 15 square feet. and they come with a 90 day HOME DEPOT return policy.
I would highly recommend this product to anyone interested in purchasing it and the price is very reasonable.
(I take time to do product reviews after every major purchase, help keep me doing them by rating my review) hope this review was helpful.
April 16, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Maurice Good product
This is the third time I have purchased CedarSafe boards. 100% of the time the boards were the full length of the package - 80% of the boards are "perfect" - minor imperfections, roughness, knotholes, cracks etc. were not serious enough to discard any pieces. Over time the initial bright pink shade fades and, depending on humidity, there may be significant shrinkage/swelling/cupping so be sure to allow space for expansion/contraction and use panel pins through to the studs in addition to adhesive if mounting on drywall.
January 29, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Uncage Excellent results with a little care and patience
I used several packs to completely line a small closet in which I've been having some mold issues. This is a natural product, so some variation is to be expected -- not necessarily a quality problem. There were maybe 2 or 3 partial boards per box,I had ZERO waste from all the boxes I used (all of the boards were salvageable) and the end result looks fantastic. Occasionally, a board required some extra cutting or sanding to get the grooves to fit properly, but if you take your time and pre-fit each piece it is not that difficult to produce a nice result. For mounting I used paneling adhesive and a small brad nailer, and I did some advance planning to make sure I used left and right ends to fit together so there would be no waste.
Totally satisfied with this project.
December 21, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Climber4Life83 Don't waste your time
Don't waste your time if you want something professional or attempting a high quality DIY job. I started setting my first row of boards then as I was moving on to the second row I realized most boards in the packages are so warped they don't even come close fitting together. There is a 1/2" gap in some places. I don't have the time to run these through the table saw to square them up and I shouldn't have to. In addition to being warped there are a lot of tongues ripped off, there is crystallization of the cedar oil, very flimsy, most boards are cracked, saw blade marks on 1/3 of the boards, poor sanding, you name it! I returned them all and purchased 3/4" from a lumber yard. It was way more expensive but the quality was superb!
July 8, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by mike Closet Cedar
bought originally to line a small chest I made my grand daughter, then bought again to line our bedroom closet.
March 12, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by ToddB VERY crooked!
I bought two packs to line a blanket chest (lining and tills) and have extra. It took both packs to come up with a single pack's worth of usable wood! I'm a hobbyist woodworker and I'm no stranger to milling lumber with a jointer and a planer. This wasn't simply bent, such that you could still nail it to a surface and never know. It was crooked and completely unusable as long pieces. In theory I could have cut it up into MUCH shorter pieces which would have minimized the effects, much like when cutting longer lumber before jointing it to minimize loss. There is simply no way I could of used this material to cover a wall. The crook was over an INCH! See photo. I returned the crooked material and pleaded with them not to resell it.
As for odor... eastern red cedar is ... eastern red cedar. Period. The odor that it's covetted for is the oils in it. These oils evaporate over time and it becomes less "smelly". Please don't rate a product poorly because it exhibits TOO MUCH of what it's wanted for! The odor is what keeps the insects away. I also purchased the cedar oil from HD, which isn't cheap, but it enriches the color a bit and freshens the odor.
I'm happy with the wood that wasn't crooked, but the QC of those packages is just awful. There were a few knots, but nothing too bad.
November 19, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Will Problems with Quality
The company who manufactures these planks has no quality control in place. A large number of the planks had defects (cracks, poor sanding, warped, etc) and could not be used. I bought extra packs at Home Depot and sorted the good pieces out of all the boxes and returned the defective ones. This would be hard to do from the Pro Pack unless you ordered an extra.
My closet turned out well but because of the poor qualiy was harder than it should have been.
Make sure to use a 18 gauge nail gun to prevent the planks from splitting.
June 17, 2015