CEDAR, SOUTH AMERICAN (Cedrela, odorata)

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Trade Names:  Spanish Cedar, Cigar Box Cedar

Origin:  Cuba, Central and South America

Range:  Florida to Argentina

Uses:  Cigar boxes, closet linings, interior trim, clothes chests, boat building, musical instruments

Properties:  A mahogany colored specie, light in weight and relatively soft. The wood is aromatic and sometimes develops resin pockets.

Machining: South American Cedar is easy to work and finish, taking on a smooth polish.

Seasoning:  Dries quickly without splitting or warping.