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Botanical Name: Cedrela odorata
The famous Spanish Cedar, a timber of great commercial interest for over 200 years. This wood is currently in abundant supply and well priced. Call our office for a current quote.
The species is a strong light demander and is reported to appear frequently as a fast growing pioneer species in secondary forests. It is often protected, and is seen growing in cultivated fields, orchards and plantations, and sometimes as a shade tree for coffee plants.
The sapwood is pale in color and is not sharply demarcated from the heartwood. Heartwood Color The heartwood usually ranges from pale pinkish-brown to dark reddish-brown in color, and darkens upon exposure. Timber from younger or fast-grown trees is reported to be generally paler in color.
The grain is straight or shallowly interlocked. Texture The wood has moderately coarse texture. Odor Natural oil in the wood gives off a distinctive fragrant scent. Natural Durability The heartwood is reported to have high natural resistant to decay. The sapwood is liable to attack by powder-post beetles.
I have seen Spanish Cedar hold up incredibly well.
The wood has moderately coarse texture.
The wood varies from lustrous to highly lustrous.
Natural oil in the wood gives off a distinctive fragrant scent.
The timber is reported to be dimensionally stable, and holds its shape very well after seasoning.
The heartwood is reported to have high natural resistant to decay. The sapwood is liable to attack by powder-post beetles. The wood is reported to be highly resistant to termites in the West Indies, and moderately resistant in West Africa.
Timber produced by most species in the genus Cedrela are reported to contain volatile oils which tend to limit their use for certain applications, such as clock cases. Timber from young or fast-grown trees is reported to be generally less resinous than that from mature or more slowly-grown trees.
Sawdust from machining operations has been associated with nose and throat irritation in some individuals.
The timber responds satisfactorily to cross-cutting and bandsawing.
The wood exerts slight blunting effect on cutters.
A good finish can be obtained in planing if cutting angles are reduced to 20 degrees.
Turning characteristics are reported to be good.
The wood is reported to have excellent moulding qualities. A French head is reported to produce the most satisfactory moulding results.
The wood is characteristically difficult to bore.
The wood responds readily to routing.
The wood has exceptional mortising properties.
The wood carves rather easily.
The wood glues well, although some prior surface preparation may be required.
The wood has satisfactory to excellent nailing characteristics.
The wood has excellent screwing characteristics.
Polishing properties are reported to be very good.
The wood has good staining characteristics.
The wood has excellent painting characteristics.
The wood responds well to hand tools.
Lauricio, F. M., Bellosillo, S. B. 1966. The Mechanical and Related Properties of Philippine Woods, The Lumberman, 12(5):A-H.
Descriptive Data Source
Keating, W.G. and E. Bolza. 1982. Characteristics, Properties and Uses of Timbers, Volume 1 - South-east Asia, Northern Australia and the Pacific, Texas A&M University Press, College Station, Texas.
Keay, R.W.J. 1989. Trees of Nigeria. Revised Version of Nigerian Trees. Clarendon Press, Oxford.
Williams, L. 1936. Woods of Northeastern Peru. Field Museum of Natural History, Botanical Series, Volume XV, Publication 377, Chicago.
Forest Trust - Goodwood. 1993. Personal Communication.
Perpetua Hardwoods. Sea Star Trading Co. - Purveyors of Fine Wood. Newport, Oregon. Personal Communication, 1993.
Chichignoud, M., G. Deon, P. Detienne, B. Parant and P. Vantomme. 1990. Tropical Timber Atlas of Latin America. International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), Centre Technique Forestier Tropical, Division of CIRAD, 45 bis Avenue de la Belle Gabrielle, Nogent-sur-Marne, CEDEX, France.
WCMC. 1992. Conservation Status Listing - Trees and Timbers of the World. World Conservation Monitoring Center - Plants Programme, Cambridge, CB3 ODL, United Kingdom.
Boone, R.S., C.J. Kozlik, P.J. Bois, E.M. Wengert. 1988. Dry Kiln Schedules for Commercial Hardwoods - Temperate and Tropical. USDA, Forest Service, General Technical Report FPL-GTR-57, Forest Products Laboratory, Madison, Wisconsin.