Cerejeira Hardwood


Cerejeira wood, scientifically known as Amburana cearensis (Leguminosae), is a uniform yellow to mid-brown wood with an orange-pink tint, which darkens when exposed to the air. It has a moderately interlocked and irregular grain, with a medium to coarse texture, and a waxy feel. The wood has a medium to high natural gloss and the sapwood is not separable from the heartwood. Cerejeira is a highly versatile timber, with many potential uses, such as furniture, joinery, boatbuilding and more. If available from sustainable and legal sources, it is possible to connect with suppliers of Cerejeira.

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Also Called:
Amburana, Ishpingo, Cumare, Palo Trebol, Brazilian Oak, Cerejeira Rajada, Roble Del Pais,

Durability Notes:
Cerejeira is durable and naturally resistant to insect attack and decay. It is highly resistant to preservative treatment.

The drying and seasoning of Cerejeira 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; Cerejeira - needs to be dried slowly to avoid tangential shrinkage. Cerejeira has good dimensional stability in service. 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.

Cerejeira is classified as tolerable for steam bending and has good strength properties in relation to its weight. Pre-drilling is necessary for nailing and screwing and the wood takes glue well. Cerejeira works well with both hand and machine tools but cutting edges need to be kept very sharp and there is a slight blunting effect on tools. Cerejeira accepts stains and polishes well and a good finish can be achieved.

Typical Uses:
furniture, flooring, cabinetry, joinery, boat building, carving, musical instruments, veneer.

Moisture Content:
Guide - 10-18% for KD (+/- 2%)

Commonly asked questions about Cerejeira Wood

Is Cerejeira a hardwood or a softwood? Cerejeira is a hardwood. It is the same for; is Cerejeira hardwood or softwood? - Cerejeira 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 Cerejeira 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 Cerejeira? Cerejeira can be described as brown, light brown, yellow/brown

Is Cerejeira good for outdoor use? or is Cerejeira good for exterior use? Cerejeira is most suited for exterior/external use. Cerejeira 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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