Ceder (Cedro)

Cedrela odorata

Commercial Name(s): Ceder, Cedro
Other Name(s): Cigarbox, Cedrat
Botanical Name: Cedrela odorata, Cedrela fissilis
Botanical Family: Meliaceae

Shrinkage Radial (RS)
ShrinkageTangential (TS)
Coeff. Volumetric Shrinkage


Ceder´s heartwood is a relatively uniform light pinkish to reddish brown; colors tend to darken with age. Random pockets of gum and natural oils are commonly present. Grain patterning and figure tends to be somewhat bland. Can range from ring-porous to diffuse-porous; medium-large earlywood pores, small-medium latewood pores; solitary and radial multiples of 2-3; mineral deposits (red gum) occasionally present; growth rings distinct due to terminal parenchyma in diffuse-porous samples, or lines of larger pores in ring-porous samples; rays usually visible without lens; parenchyma banded (terminal), apotracheal parenchyma diffuse-in-aggregates, paratracheal parenchyma vasicentric.

Typical use

Veneer for back or face of plywood, Interior joinery, Cigar boxes, Current furniture or furniture components, Glued laminated, Exterior joinery, Ship building (planking and deck), Fiber or paticle boards, Moulding, Formwork, Seats, Sliced veneer, Interior panelling, Cabinetwork (high class furniture), Light carpentry, Wood frame house, Boxes and crates, Musical instuments, Shingles, Sculpture, Wood-ware.

Technical Information

Color: Pinkish yellow brown to red brown
Trees Size: 20 – 25 m
Trunk Diameter: 0.6 – 1.20 m
Moninn Hardness: 1.6
Crushing Strength (Mpa): 32 – 44
Basic Specific gravity: 0.41 – 0.51
Density (kg/m3 dry): 0.79
Grain: Straight, sometimes interlocked
Texture: Fine and uniform to rather coarse and uneven
Static banding sterngth (Mpa): 62
Modulus of elasticy (Mpa): 9210
T/R Ratio: 1.5
Finish: Excellent
Stability: Stable

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