Customer Creations

This area is devoted to celebrating and sharing creations made from white cedar (preferably Scouten White Cedar, of course, but not necessarily!)

Just send us a digital photo of your masterpiece, with a brief outline of what lumber was used, how the product was put together and stained or finished, as well as any hints that would help our readers produce a similar product.

Idea #1 – Porch with White Cedar Ceiling

“Here are some pictures of our new porch finished in Scouten White Cedar.
Thanks for supplying the white cedar. Come and enjoy our porch at anytime.”

Rita & Fred

Idea #2 – Cedar HideaBin

Created by AJ Johnson in Guelph to enclose garbage and municipal recycling boxes. They look great, hide what should be hidden, keep animals out, but let any smells dissipate. Being white cedar, the weather doesn’t harm them.

Idea #3 – Cedar Staircase

“June, Larry,
It was great to finally meet you both in person this weekend!
Attached is a photo of what we used your lovely lumber for.”


Idea #4 – Swim and Spa Room

Created by Don in Burlington

Idea #5 – Multi-level Deck

Created by Joe in Ottawa

Idea #6 – Beautiful and Functional Boat Dock

Created by Deb & Greg

Idea #7 – Siding on Drive Shed

“Hello Larry and June,
We wanted to show you how beautiful our drive shed gable ends are now.  First photo shows completed east end, second photo shows west end which still needs battens on the top half.  Thank you for all your help with this.”

Jean and Tony

Idea #8 – Cottage Renovation

“The interior of this beautiful cottage is being paneled with clear 1 x 6 tongue and groove white cedar. It sure looks great!”

For K.G. near Peterborough

Idea #9 – Fence and Siding

This unusual fence and garage siding were made from a combination of 5/4 x 4, 5/4 x 2 and 1 x 2. With stain, everything blends in beautifully and makes a wonderfully private backyard retreat.

Created by Justin in Toronto

Idea #10 – Deck around the Pool by Bruce

Idea #11 – Adirondack Porch Rocker

This “Adirondack Plus” rocker by Veritas was made using one of the dozens of plans available from places like Lee Valley. Most of the pieces were made from 1 x 6 cedar, and the full-size pattern could be traced directly on the wood. The bottom rocker boards were made of oak (ash or some other hardwood would work as well) since the rockers would receive the most wear, and hard wood would last longer for that use than cedar.

The cedar was finished with 4 coats of Outdoor (semi-gloss) Flectovarathane Diamond Wood Finish. It gave a beautiful totally transparent finish showing the natural colour of the cedar, nicely high-lighting the grain of the wood while giving a hard protective finish and “maximum uv protection”.

Larry & June in Smiths Falls

Idea #12 – Bridge

“The bridge has a steel frame and measures 5 feet wide by 20 feet long. I had to use 2 x 8 lumber for the deck as it is clear spanning the 5 feet width. 4×4’s make up the uprights and 2×4’s were cut for the handrails.”

Arnold in Brockville

Idea #13 – Flower Box

“I built 20 of the flower boxes in the picture. The dimensions are
15 in x 15 in square and are 14 in tall. I used 1×4 cedar for these boxes.”

Arnold in Brockville

Idea #14 – Coffee & End Table

“We made our coffee table and 2 end tables out of white cedar, and are very pleased with how they look, as well as how easy it was on our wallet! All the legs are planed 4 x 4, with 45 degree corners done with a router/shaper. The tops have a 2 x 4 frame, and the top surface is made of 1 x 4 tongue & groove with a v – joint. There is 1 x 5 trim on the sides with a 45 degree edge on the upper surface. The handy shelf underneath the coffee table is great for holding storage baskets, and is made from planed 2 x 2 with a notch to hold the 1 inch crossboards. The glass on the tops was from the original tables, and the new tables were built to fit the glass. The finished tables were stained with Minwax red mahogany stain, and then coated with Minwax fast-drying “high gloss” polyurethane.”

Rob & Julia in Kanata

Idea #15 – Front Deck – Before and After

“See attached pics of front of my house before and after. It is great for those summer afternoons when it is just too hot to be on the sunny side of the house. Also as you can see the step needed to be replaced anyhow.

The Curb Appeal is greatly enhanced with Scouten White Cedar! I used 2×8 spaced at 11″ in the deck joists and lots of posts and cross bracing for extra strength. Also used those metal screwstrips so that no screws show from the top of the deck leaving a clean look and less opportunity for water penetration.”

Tony & family in Moose Creek



Idea #16 – Pergola

“Here are some pictures of my project (Pergola). I actually extended the project to include a semi-private fence. It turned out better than expected and we all love it. The wood grain is beautiful and we will be staining it with a semi-transparent stain, as we want this piece to last long, I mean very long.

We think that our experience having the Argentine Parrilla (BBQ) under this “beauty” will be much more enhanced now, and wait a few years when the climbing plants grow over it. I can just imagine having good quality time with family and friends.

I am happy with the quality of wood and services you provided and look forward to contacting you for future projects.”

Jose in Kanata

Idea #17 – Designing With White Cedar

“Attached are some pics of the cedar projects I have done. The Hydrocabinet has your Channel Rustic siding on it.”

Neil in Almonte

Idea #18 – Adirondack Chair & Swing

“Both were made using the Veritas plans from Lee Valley. The swing is supported by 3/8 coated chain rated for 600 pounds.”

Andrew in Smiths Falls

Idea #19 – Cedar Bathroom Walls and Ceiling

“We love the “sauna” feeling the cedar produces. We used Minwax “Natural” to coat it.”

Andrew in Smiths Falls

Idea #20 – Gazebo

“Finally I have finished making the Gazebo from the white cedar I had from you a long time ago. It is screened in with a door and works well. I had lots of fun making it.”

Mike in Kemptville

Idea #21 – Screen Room

“I must say that your cedar lumber, be it 2x4s, 1x6s, 5/4x6s or the channel rustic were second to none in the creation of this screen room. Many thanks and hope to do more business in the near future.”

Dan Beaulieu in Smiths Falls

Idea #22 – Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Project

“You may be interested to see how your cedar was used on our solar PV project, as per the attached photos.”

Sue & Bill Carey

Editor’s Note: White cedar was ideal for supporting the solar panels used to change solar energy into electrical energy.

Idea #23 – Shed and Heads

“Please find attached some pictures of the shed I built and how I used the ends of the posts. I used Sikkens Cetol 1 on the shed. Enjoy!”

Rod Clow

Idea #24 – Stages in Building a Gazebo

“I hope this is a good picture of what we have been doing with all of your white cedar!!! It sure adds a great deal to our back yard!!!John put the last shingle on the roof Mothers Day! (In the snow!!). He has yet to put the little pieces over the edges where the roof sections meet, but all in all, the gazebo is done. We enjoy it so much! We sat out tonight in the Gazebo and the cedar smelled so good after that rain shower we had here!!”

John Van Beek & Jessica Locke

Editor’s Note: As well as this gazebo, John and Jessica created such a magnificent backyard garden that it made the cover article, with a 6 page photo spread, in the May 2014 “Country Gardens” Issue of Better Homes and Gardens. Congratulations!

Idea #25 – Screen Room with Sauna, Hot Tub and pergola!

“As promised, here are the pictures of the fully decorated screen room and pergola.

Again many thanks for your excellent product and customer service!!”

Dan Beaulieu in Smiths Falls

Idea #26 – ceiling

Image provided by Patrick

Idea #27 – Raised Flower Beds

Created by A. Cordonnier in Merrickville

Idea #28 – Cedar Room

“Some pics of what I did with the cedar I bought from you.

I was very happy with the cedar. Thanks again for the good experience.”

Marc Desjardins

Idea #29 – Screen Room

“Well, this should be the last screen room for this year.

Once again you both have come through for me in providing superior lumber. My customers have raved about the beauty of having Scouten White Cedar!! Attached are photos of the completed project.”

Dan Beaulieu in Smiths Falls


Idea #30 – Sugar Shack

Created by Eric Mayer

Idea #31 – Muskoka Unity Chairs

“I have finished building the 8 chairs using Ontario White Cedar for the arms and BC Red Cedar for the remainder; Thanks again for your help with the Ontario White Cedar.”

Elgin Wolfe in Toronto


Idea #32 – The World’s Nicest Chicken Run!

Created by Fred using #2 white cedar

Idea #33 – The World’s Nicest Bird Houses!

Created by Lewis

birdhouse-1 birdhouse-2

Idea #34 – Play fort for school children

Created in Sudbury

Idea #35 – Christmas Tree Decorations

Our customers never cease to amaze us. These were carved out of blocks of white cedar by a very talented and patient guy!


Idea #36 – White cedar siding using planed channel

Created by Brock and Anna in Ottawa

Idea #36 – Biscuit clock and biscuit table

Created by Amy at Scouten White Cedar

clock table