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|DESCRIPTION||Spanish Cedar heartwood is pale pinkish-brown when freshly cut, becoming red or dark reddish-brown. Sapwood pale pinkish-beige. Grain is straight, sometimes shallowly interlocked with a moderately coarse texture.
Weight averages about 30lbs per cu. ft.
Central & South America
|BOTANICAL NAME||Cedrela Odorata|
|OTHER NAMES||Acajou, Ceder, Cedre Rouge, South American Cedar|
|MECHANICAL PROPERTIES||Moderately good steam bending characteristics. The wood is strong in relation to its weight.|
|WORKING PROPERTIES||Easy to work with hand and power tools. Sharp cutting tools required to avoid woolliness. Staining and polishing can be difficult due to presence of gum, but good finish is obtainable with suitable filling. Holds nails and screws well and glues satisfactorily.|
|DURABILITY||Durable. Susceptible to attack by powder post beetle, but resistant to termites. Heartwood is extremely resistant to preservative treatment. Sapwood is permeable.|
|SEASONING||Dries rapidly with minor warping, slight checking and end splitting. Low temperature kiln drying recommended to avoid distortion or collapse. Very small movement.|
|USES||The premier wood used for cigar humidor interiors. Also used for furniture, cabinets, paneling, flooring, boat building, skins of racing boats, clothing chests, decorative veneers, plywood and panel core stock.|
|COMMENTS||This wood is not a true cedar.|