Thanks for your comment on our web site. I hope woodworkers find it a useful place to visit and of course buy hardwoods.
Western Red Cedar is a great wood for many outdoor projects. The biggest drawback is its softness. Just yesterday I built a bird house using cedar fence boards from Home Depot. The boards were 5/8 thick , rough on both side but were perfect for my project. And they were cheap. If your projects do not need the durability of a harder wood use the cedar.
Redwood is also soft and has a tendency for the grain to lift. It is available in many grades but the most common are:
"Con/Com" which is not kiln dry, has lots of sapwood, knots and other defects. This wood appropriate for out door construction but not projects.
"Clear, All heart, KD" is beautiful wood but as expensive as quality hardwoods.
On our web site is this page on Outdoor Woods
will give you other choices including Cypress, Ipe and White Oak.
If the cedar meets your requirements, use it. If the projects need somethig harder to take rough wear and tear I would use White Oak or one of the other outdoor woods.
__________________ Keith Stephens