Spanish Cedar is a wood from Mexico known for its ability to withstand weather and exterior applications of all kinds. It tends to be too soft for cabinetry and furniture, but it has a grain that accepts and holds paint well. It is an excellent, cheaper substitute for redwood. It machines well, has a light salmon coloration, and if stained, looks remarkably like mahogany. We have used it on numerous occasions in place of mahogany on exterior entry doors.