Cedro Hardwood


Cedro Wood (Cedrela fissilis) is a South American timber, belonging to the same family as mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla). It is not a true cedar, as these are softwoods. Cedro has a distinct cedar-like fragrance and its oil may appear on the surface as a sticky resin. Its colour can range from pale pinkie-brown to dark-reddish brown and its grain can be shallowly interlocked or straight, with a coarse texture.

This versatile timber is suitable for a variety of uses, such as cabinetmaking, joinery, boatbuilding and more. If available from sustainable and legal sources, Cedro is an excellent choice for a wide range of projects.

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Also Called:
South American Cedar, Peruvian Cedar, Brazilian Cedar, Cigar-Box Cedar, Cedro Rosa, Cedro Batata, Cedro Vermelho,

Durability Notes:
Cedro is a durable wood. The sapwood is permeable for preservative treatment, but the heartwood is very resistant to it.

The drying and seasoning of Cedro is dependant on a number of factors; the speed in which it is processed after felling and logging, the method of drying and the specific kilns or location (if air dried). Generally the care taken by those processing the wood will have an impact on its drying and seasoning. As an overview; Cedro - It dries quickly. There may be slight checking and minor warping. Movement in service is minimal. Please note that all wood is liable to move when in service plus there can be dimensional change. The extent of this will depend on; the stability of the species itself, the conditions it is exposed to, the coating, decoration and protection. You will find more information about the suitability of this wood, for any proposed application, by using our interactive system and the filters shown.

It has a tolerably good steam-bending classification and is of medium strength and density in its other properties. Gluing is satisfactory and it holds nails and screws well. Staining and polishing can be challenging due to the presence of gum but it can be taken to a good finish with care and work.

Typical Uses:
Furniture, Cabinets, Flooring, Mouldings, Musical Instruments, Joinery, Carvings, Boat Building, Turning.

Moisture Content:
Guide - 12-18% for KD

Possible Health Risks:
Nose and throat irritation, dermatitis, asthma, skin blistering, inflamed eyelids and possible nasal cancer.

Commonly asked questions about Cedro Wood

Is Cedro a hardwood or a softwood? Cedro is a hardwood. It is the same for; is Cedro hardwood or softwood? - Cedro is a hardwood.

Most groups/families of species share the same characteristics but this normally relates to their life as plants. Individual species do not always share the same characteristics as their relatives, in terms of the wood. Many factors influence how we use the wood and what we use it for, including where it grows, how it is forested, how it seasons/dries, etc. The answers to the following common questions, therefore relate to this particular species/wood and not the Cedro family as a whole. Even more specific – our answers relate to the wood (as we know it) in its form as a useable resource.

What colour is Cedro? Cedro can be described as brown, dark red, pink/pale red, red, yellow/brown,

Is Cedro good for outdoor use? or is Cedro good for exterior use? Cedro is most suited for exterior/external use. Cedro can be used as an exterior/external timber (without treatment).

Whether the wood is naturally durable or not we would still recommend that it is decorated and/or coated with a suitable product to provide protection and/or maintain its appearance. This even applies when using the wood internally as, even subtle, changes in temperature or humidity will affect the wood. This will depend on the application/purpose of the wood and the user’s desired appearance. We also recommend that a recoating, care and maintenance programme is adhered to, for the life of an exterior wood. Wood cannot rot if it is kept dry – coatings and decoration can provide this protection. All of that said there are many durable timbers that are often left to weather naturally and will last for many years untreated/coated – movement and visual changes will occur but this is sometimes the desired effect. All wood is hygroscopic (it 'wants' to be in tune with its environment) it will therefore take on water from moisture in the air (or when directly exposed to or submerged in water) and ‘release it’ when dry or exposed to heat. This, inevitably, results in movement and dimensional change. For more about moisture in wood please click here - Moisture in wood

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