Spanish Cedar (Cedrela odorata)
Central and South America, and the Caribbean. Also plantation grown.
The heartwood is uniform in colour ranging from light pink to reddish brown. It is common to see pockets of gum or oil within the wood. The grain is unremarkable and bland.
Spanish Cedar works well with both power and hand tools. It tends to have a fuzzy surface if the tools used are not sharp and may require sanding to higher grits to get a clean surface. The gum and oil pockets can cause finishing a challenge.
Often used for cigar box liners and humidors, it also gets used for classical guitars and other musical instruments.
Spanish Cedar is on the CITES Appendix III in many of the countries that grow it. Technically not a cedar at all, it is more closely related to the true mahoganies.