....oh Douglas ( shaking head and finger wagging ) what you see at home depot and lowes is # 2 or worse or being on the south shore you have Walpole Woodworkers, whom have the backing of " this old house" and are in many publications so they have the ability to rape people with a great big smile on their face! I on the other hand live approx. 40 miles from "Katahdin Cedar Fence" and have had a working relationship with the general manager from a previous job on the north shore of Boston where I was a shop foreman at a high end fence, deck, and gazebo manufacturer. We copied walpole woodworkers and charged 1/3 less and made a ton of money! I am sure pa. and n.y. have many a saw mill and plenty of cedar, Northern Aborvitae,or as some call it "Thuja Occidentalis"
the 5/4 was finished dimension, clear and smooth as a baby's behind!