Defining "Cedro Arana" Wood

      More information about an unfamiliar tropical wood species, Cedro Arana. September 19, 2009

Can anyone tell me what in the world the wood called Cedro Arana is? I have done an exhaustive search and haven't been able to get a clue. I have a large mill job and have to match some cheap import doors. I can find plenty of companies that sell the doors, but none to supply the lumber. The wood also goes by the trade name Brazilian mahogany (but it's not true mahogany). Someone suggested Red Cumaru, but that's not it either.

Forum Responses
(Architectural Woodworking Forum)
From contributor C:
Vochysia maxima. Trade name quaruba. According to a fellow woodworker, it's as cheap as dirt:

From Professor Gene Wengert, Sawing and Drying Forum technical advisor:
Cedro arana (also cedro-rana) has a Latin name of Cedrelinga catenaeformis. As there is no uniformity of common names or legal requirements, including Brazilian mahogany and cedra arana, certainly someone could call another species by that name. But in the trade in Brazil, you will see it refers to wood of the genus Cedrelinga. Brazilian mahogany, in the past, refers to wood in the Jequitiba genus or in the Plathymenia genus.

Would you like to add information to this article?
Interested in writing or submitting an article?
Have a question about this article?

Have you reviewed the related Knowledge Base areas below?
  • KnowledgeBase: Knowledge Base

  • KnowledgeBase: Lumber and Plywood

  • KnowledgeBase: Lumber & Plywood: Wood Identification

    Would you like to add information to this article? ... Click Here

    If you have a question regarding a Knowledge Base article, your best chance at uncovering an answer is to search the entire Knowledge Base for related articles or to post your question at the appropriate WOODWEB Forum. Before posting your message, be sure to
    review our Forum Guidelines.

    Questions entered in the Knowledge Base Article comment form will not generate responses! A list of WOODWEB Forums can be found at WOODWEB's Site Map.

    When you post your question at the Forum, be sure to include references to the Knowledge Base article that inspired your question. The more information you provide with your question, the better your chances are of receiving responses.

    Return to beginning of article.

    Refer a Friend || Read This Important Information || Site Map || Privacy Policy || Site User Agreement

    Letters, questions or comments? E-Mail us and let us know what you think. Be sure to review our Frequently Asked Questions page.

    Contact us to discuss advertising or to report problems with this site.

    To report a problem, send an e-mail to our Webmaster

    Copyright © 1996-2021 - WOODWEB ® Inc.
    All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any manner without permission of the Editor.
    Review WOODWEB's Copyright Policy.

    The editors, writers, and staff at WOODWEB try to promote safe practices. What is safe for one woodworker under certain conditions may not be safe for others in different circumstances. Readers should undertake the use of materials and methods discussed at WOODWEB after considerate evaluation, and at their own risk.

    WOODWEB, Inc.
    335 Bedell Road
    Montrose, PA 18801

    Contact WOODWEB

  • WOODWEB - the leading resource for professional woodworkers

      Home » Knowledge Base » Knowledge Base Article