Cedar is one of my recommended woods and can be used for exterior building projects like decks and stairs. Cedar can also be used through out the interior of a house. Cedar is considered to be a soft wood, like redwood and is fairly easy to work with.
I recommend using a tight knot grade of lumber, number
two or better, for anything that you're going to build, using Cedar.
This soft wood works great for stair treads, risers, and rails and even structural components like stringers and posts. If you're building a large project like a wood deck, make sure that you contact your local building department or a structural engineer to verify the structural framing lumber dimensions.
It doesn't happen often, but every once in awhile I run into a deck or set of stairs that was constructed out of the wrong lumber sizes or even materials. The last thing you want to have happen to you is build a nice set of stairs out of Cedar, only to find out that you created a safety hazard for your entire family.
Stairs / Stair Glossary
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