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jameso posted 04-25-2002 01:52 PM ET (US)   Profile for jameso   Send Email to jameso  
From the 10 Edition of "MATERIALS HANDBOOK" Published by McGraw Hill.
"Spanish cedar or Central American Cedar, used in the United States as a substitute fo mahogany in patternmaking, and for cigar boxes,furniture, carving,cabinetwork and interior trim is a softwood from numerous species of 'cedrela", called in Spanish America by the name of 'Cedro'. It is a light red color sometimes beautiflly figured with wavy grain, has an agreeable odor, is easily worked, seasons well and takes a fine polish. the weight is 28 to 33 lbs per cu ft. The trees grow to a large size, logs being available to 40 inches. The imports come chiefly from Central America and the West Indies, but may grow as far south as northern Argentina"

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