Exotic Hardwood - Spanish Cedar


Spanish Cedar


  • Select & Better: 4/4, 5/4, 6/4, 8/4, 10/4, 12/4, 16/4
  • Select & Better 6′-7′ long: 4/4, 5/4, 6/4, 8/4
  • #1 Common: 4/4, 5/4

Janka Hardness

  • 600 lbf (pounds force)

Basic Specific Gravity (oven dry weight/ green volume)

  • .38


  • Native to Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. Found in all countries in that region except for Chile. Also plantation grown in regions of Africa.


  • The heartwood is pinkish to reddish brown when freshly cut, eventually maturing to a darker reddish brown. The sapwood is sometimes clearly distinguishable whitish color to a not so distinguishable lighter reddish pink. The grain of Spanish Cedar is straight, sometimes interlocked with a texture ranging from fine to coarse. A distinct odor, sometimes leaving a bitter taste is present in the wood.

How well does it work?

  • Works well with both hand and machine tools. Spanish Cedar is a softer wood, which can have the tendency to leave a fuzzy surface when planed with dull cutters. The natural oils in the lumber can pose problems when finishing the wood, as it does have the tendency to ooze out from time to time. Spanish Cedar has good nailing, screwing, and gluing properties.

Seasoning and Durability

  • Durability ranges from durable to moderately durable in regards to decay resistance. The wood is resistant to termite attack and has good weathering characteristics. Plantation grown Spanish Cedar has been reported to have less durability than the older slower grown trees in the wild.

Other notes on Spanish Cedar

  • Also known or referred to as Cedro, and Cigar Box Cedar for its popular use in cigar boxes. Spanish Cedar is also known as cedrela odorata from the cedrela genus for its distinguishable scent. A similar species, cedrela fissilis, is sold as Royal Cedar, which contains many of the the same properties other than the oils and scent. Spanish Cedar is also related to Genuine Mahogany, which comes from the Meliaceae family. Spanish Cedar exporting is limited in South America, which has resulted in some of the wood to be grown on plantations.


  • Spanish Cedar’s wood dust has been reported as a respiratory irritant. Severe reactions, however, are considered uncommon.

Common Uses

  • Cabinetry, furniture, musical instruments, boat-building, veneer, humidors and cigar boxes.
  • * Stock is currently available in limited quanities. This generally means we have less than 500 BF, or the stock is either all narrow or an odd length.