CEDAR

cedrella> BOTANICAL NAMES
Cedrela odorata. It belongs to the family of Meliaceae.

> TRADE NAMES
Cedrela – Italy, Spain, Germany
Cèdre d’Amérique – France, South America
Cedar – Great Britain

> ORIGINAL NAMES
Calicedro – Mexico
Cedro – Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina

> GROWTH AREA
This tree is widely diffused in all the South America countries, from Mexico to Argentina.

> TECHNOLOGIICAL FEATURES
Sapwood and heartwood are clearly distinguished, since the first is light pink instead the heartwood is reddish or dark red with violet or purple nuances. Its texture is fine or medium, and it has a straight or interlocking fibre; sometimes it presents some gummy deposits. It is a very durable wood thanks to the presence of extractive substances, which give it a very particular characteristic scent and make it very appreciated.

> SPECIFIC WEIGHT
At the 15% of moisture content, its medium specific weight is 500 Kg/m3.

> DRYING METHOD
Drying is quite easy, even if sometimes it may experience collapses or twisting of the wood.

> MAIN USES AND WORKING
Very common and widely used both in Europe and America, this wood is mainly used for carpentry works, musical instruments, carvings, parts of boats, boxes of cigars, as well as for veneers in the furniture industry. It is easily workable with common tools, but they become quickly dull due to its resin content. Screw and nail joints are easy to produce, but they don’t hold very well. It is easily polished, but varnishing is more difficult because of the high resin and oil content.

> WARNINGS
It doesn’t have to be confused with the real Cedar (Cedrus spp.).

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