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    Spanish Cedar Questions

    My local whosesaler of wood had a section in their latest mailer that they are now carrying spanish cedar and that it is very much like mahogany which I have read.

    I was wondering if anyone has used spanish cedar and if it would be good for wall paneling and an outdoor chest I am planning to hold pool supplies. Seems like it's termite and rot resistant, you just don't hear much about it.

    Thanks for any info and experiences.
    Brian

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    Hi Brian!


    Spanish Cedar is mainly used for lining cigar humidors. It is very stable and easy to work, resistant to bugs and rot, plus it has almost no odor.

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    Thanks Stuart. That mailer said you can use it anywhere you would consider mahogany which I am not sure about. The pictures in my books make it look very porous to a point where you would have to fill the long grain for furniture.

    Good point on the humidors, I did read that as well. I have an incredibly beautiful humidor I bought before I knew what a table saw was. I thought that cedar had the usual smell to it. I also read that spanish cedar is used for cigar boxes, I wonder if that's what most smokes ship in.
    Brian

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    You should not consider Spanish Cedar to be a replacement for genuine mahogany. It is similar in its resistance to rot and water induced problems, but it it certainly in no way as good a material for fine furniture. Also, it has a tendency to "bleed" resins after it is milled. These resins will go through paint, too.

    So, beware what a sales person at a lumber yard tells you. Many of them don't know what they're talking about.

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    Hi Brian,
    About 13 years ago I contracted a cabinet, bar, and walk-in "locker like" humidor set up for a cigar bar. People would rent lockers, with keys, and keep all their cigar paraphenalia in their lockers, which was inside a "humidor" room. Point being the lockers where Spanish Cedar. Dixon is right, it is no substitute for mahogany except for qualities of rot and decay. There is a slight odor, not like aromatic cedar. It is a soft wood, easy to mill and sands up nice too. Sap may start running when placed vertically, but only about a 15% problem as I recall. Sometimes it just seeps out of some pores in specific places, like tacky sweat. Don't sweat the sweat! Probably a great use for that outside cabana.
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    Thanks guys for the good info, gonna keep it off the walls for sure. I may give it a shot though for that outside project. Must hold up well in the humid Florida air being it's used in humidors.

    I'll call Monday for their pricing, I wonder how much better it is than genuine mahogany.
    Brian

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    I can't see a simularity between Spanish Cedar and Mahogany... I have worked with both and fail to see any likeness other than being Wood. Dissimular grain, dissimular color, dissimular weight, dissimular density, dissimular price, dissimular in every way I can think.

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    Bill,

    I did a little more research and from what I read they say spanish cedar is part of the mahogany family. Your first hand experience is what I was looking for and based on the other comments, doens't sound like a good material for furniture or wall panels.

    I did read though that in its native countries, they use it for almost everything and one reference even mentioned wall panels.
    Brian

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    Well Bill they are closely related, they are both in the " Meliaceae" family.

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    Spanish Cedar is in the same family of wood as Mahogany. It's used mainly in humidors because of the smell, ability to sustain humidity etc. It is rot resistant. I would not recommend spanish cedar over mahogany though for most applications. I have seen complaints of spanish cedar leaking sap for years even after being kiln dried etc.

    Smells good though, great for humidors...

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