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Australian Red Cedar Cedrela toona
MAHOGANY BY ANY OTHER NAME
Australian red cedar bears an uncanny resemblance to genuine mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla) but is more consistent and has a marvelous sheen or luster. The tree is tall and statuesque, while the lumber is light red, darkening with age. It is of medium weight and uniform in texture, and it works well apart from a small risk of cutters becoming clogged with gum. The wood is generally stable once seasoned.

KEY CHARACTERISTICS
Type Tropical hardwood
Similar species Mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla)
Sources India, Southeast Asia, Australia
Color Pale pink to light brown
Texture Medium to coarse, but uniform
Grain Straight, with some interlocking
Hardness Medium
Weight Medium to heavy (42 lb./cu. ft.) (670 kg/cu. m)

AVAILABILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY

No evidence of certified supplies, but this is not an endangered species, though environmentalists do warn woodworkers to avoid lumber from old-growth forests. Australian red cedar is likely to be moderately priced, but it is probably not widely available in North America.



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