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Spanish Cedar

Spanish Cedar

Alnus Rubra, commonly known as Red Alder, is a deciduous tree native to western North America. Alder is also valued for its wood, which is light in color and relatively soft. It is commonly used in the production of furniture, cabinetry, and veneer, as well as for pulp and paper manufacturing.


Spanish-cedar is one of only a few tropical species that are ring-porous. The heartwood varies from light to dark reddish brown, and the sapwood is pinkish to white. The texture is rather fine and uniform to coarse and uneven. The grain is not interlocked. The heartwood is characterized by a distinctive odor. The wood dries easily. Although Spanish-cedar is not high in strength; it is considered decay resistant; it works and glues well.


Moderately good steam bending qualities. Dries rapidly with minor warping and slight checking. It works well and easily with hand and machine tools. Experts recommend sharp cutting edges to avoid wooliness. It has good nailing and gluing properties.


The wood is light and soft with generally low strength properties and a poor steam-bending classification.

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Value-Added Services


    Rough cut lumber comes straight from the mill through the dry kiln in the form of planks. This is a version of lumber that has been kiln dried with no further processing.


    Surfaced Two Sides (S2S) is rough lumber that has been dressed on the top and bottom of the board in order to meet the requested thickness. Associated Hardwoods has state-of-the-art planers that dress the boards to meet the customer's exact specifications.


    Rip-To-Width lumber is where both sides of the board are ripped to a customer's specified width after surfacing. Also available S3S, straight line ripped one edge after surfacing.


    Rip-To-Width/Cut-To-Length is where the board is manufactured and defected to a customer's unique specifications.


    Glued-To-Spec is where boards are ripped & cut and glued into a panels.

NHLA Grading Rules

The NHLA grades are based on the percentage of clear-defect free wood on a board. The measurements of this percentage are referred to as clear-cuttings.

Other than the FAS grades, the grade of the board is determined from the percentage of these clear cuttings and do not consider defects outside of the clear areas.

Learn more about NHLA Grading with this downloadable resource.