The cedar in a CedarWorks playset

The Cedar in CedarWorks

CedarWorks playsets are made of the only wood that's naturally rot-resistant, naturally splinter-free without maintenance. No other wood used in playsets, not even other species of cedar, combines all these important benefits.

With Northern White Cedar, your children will never get splinters and they will never be exposed to the chemicals found in pressure treated and stained woods. Better yet, you don't need to do anything to maintain the long life and splinter free character of the wood. So, just kick back and enjoy the fun your family will have for years to come.

Cedar as it ages

Natural Color

When your playset arrives, the Northern White Cedar will have a pleasing light color. The surface will gradually weather to a classic silver-gray unless you choose to stain the wood.

Once it has reached this stage, you may choose to brighten the color by gently washing the playset with a bleach and water solution (see below). This is also an effective way to eliminate any mildew that may darken the wood.

Girl swinging in the sun

Quick Cleaning

If you don't like the silver-gray look, or if your playset is darkened by shade or mildew, clean up is quick and easy. Just use a 75% water/25% bleach solution and a spray bottle. Much of the original color will return once the wood has dried.

Gazebo roof on a wood playset


If you prefer to have a golden tone to your Northern White Cedar, you may apply a clear stain containing UV inhibitors before the wood starts graying. However, other than color preference, there is absolutely no need to take this step. Left alone, the cedar will remain splinter-free and rot-resistant naturally and will never need to be sanded or treated with preservatives.

Please keep in mind that if you do opt to stain the wood, you should plan to repeat it every year.

An example of the process of checking

The Process of Checking

Every 4x4, 4x6, and round log in a CedarWorks playset has the heartwood of a tree at its center, and that’s the source of its remarkable strength. The sapwood around the heartwood dries more quickly than the heartwood and sometimes undergoes a process called "checking".

This natural phenomenon, which produces separations on the surface of the wood, is common to all wood species.

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