I know how particular "by the book" inspectors can be...but the original question was regarding trimwork. As you pointed out going to the lumber yard and looking at hardwoods, oak seems to be prevelent yet rather expenesive. It also doesn't have the "character" I am looking for...knots and blemishes, etc. The house is rustic, rock fireplace, wood floors, moose antlers, etc...I have the tools to shape the trimwork...sooo, is there a good alternative to cedar? If not, how well does cedar take urethane?