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Learn about Spanish Cedar Hardwood

About Spanish Cedar Hardwood:

There are many species grown in both North and Central America under the category of Spanish Cedar. However the most important, Cedrela mexicana, grows in Central America. Along with its pleasant, familiar"cedar" scent, it has a straight, occasionally interlocked grain with very uneven texture. Used for many things including furniture, musical instruments and cigar boxes, it is also well known for its stability and weathering qualities. It's a great choice for projects outside, including exterior furniture and boat building.

Where it Grows
Grows from southern Mexico.

General Description
Generally a straight, fine grain with reddish brown color, having a pungent smell.

Physical Properties
Highly resistant to decay, fungi and termites, known for use in humidors and for wrapping cigars, distinctive smell. Increasingly used in Europe and N. America for windows, doors, furniture and trim. May exude oils that can dull a clear finish, recommended to use a sealer, then varnish.

Technical Specs:
  • Specific Gravity: 0.4-0.48
  • Density: 30 lbs/cu. ft.
  • Janka: 620 lbs
  • Radial Shrinkage: 4.2%
  • Tangential Shrink. 6.3%
  • Volumetric Shrink. 10.3%
Density: soft to medium dense, however, very strong in relation to weight
  • Texture: fine to medium
  • Grain: straight to wavy
  • Color: pale to reddish brown
  • Appearance: resembles Genuine Honduras Mahogany, (closely related), very even color and texture
  • Stability: very stable
  • Durability: excellent
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