Understanding Natural Taper In Eastern Red Cedar Logs

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Before placing your order please see the graphic below to understand the characteristics of natural taper. Natural taper varies greatly from tree to tree, but generally averages from 1/8" to 3/8" per running foot of length. Our pricing is based on nominal diameter at the largest point. Therefore if you order a 7" to 8" diameter log by 8' long it will about 7" to 8" in diameter at the largest point and taper about 3" over the length of the log to approximately 4" to 5" diameter at the small end.

Eastern Red Cedar Natural Taper
Average Taper 1/4" per Linear Foot of Length
Natural taper in a 3 inch diameter log 96 inches long will be about 2 inches Natural taper in a 8 inch diameter log 144 inches long will be about 3 inches
Natural Taper Equals
8 ft. length x 1/4"/lf = 2" of taper
8 x .25 = 2"
Natural Taper Equals
12 ft. length x 1/4"/lf = 3" of taper
12 x .25 = 3"
The graphic above demonstrates average taper, and is not absolute. Some logs may taper more or some may taper less.
We will be happy to help you determine the correct sizing to meet your expectations. All dimensions may vary plus or minus.