When choosing a wood for a job where one of the determining factors is the color of the wood, we think of light and dark woods and also of red wood. Such a classification can be somewhat simplistic and leaves out many important issues such as strength, ease of work, etc., but useful when what we are looking for is exactly that, a color.

That’s why we wanted to make a small classification where starting from red woods we highlight other qualities of each of these woods, although always aware that there are many shades of red, from the darkest to the lightest, and many species of the same tree.


Sapelly. It is the most used wood in the search for reddish tones. It is a relatively abundant tropical wood, so it does not usually have an excessively high price and is used especially for the manufacture of furniture, veneers and sometimes for the manufacture of parquet. It has a clearly reddish hue, tending to brown, which darkens over time. It is not a hard wood to work with, although it can present a problem in some mechanization tasks

Cedar. It is wood with red and brown tones, and the species that comes from the Pacific has the most reddish hue. It is easy to work, has good resistance to rot and insects, so it is widely used outdoors (doors, windows, pergolas) and even in the manufacture of boats.

Bubinga. Reddish-brown wood from Africa. It is mainly used for furniture, turning and decorative veneers, although it can also be used for outdoor carpentry. It is not complex to work, although being a hardwood requires powerful machinery.

Cambara. Wood with shades of brown, brown and pink. It has straight grain and coarse grain. It is easy to work, saw and machine. Despite being a tropical wood, it does not have significant resistance to humidity and insects, so it is not recommended for external use. It is mainly used for the manufacture of furniture.

Acacia. We are facing a noble wood with a very good response both inside and outside. It is widely used in some areas, such as in northern Europe, for the manufacture of parquet floors, coverings or furniture, and even on boats.

Mahogany. It has its origin in the forests of Central and South America. Its shades vary from whitish yellow to light red, although it darkens with light. Its main applications are carpentry, furniture and veneer manufacturing. It is easy to work with although it can cause problems with some finishes or varnishes.

birch. From yellowish to orange tones and frequent knots. It is used in sheet metal, turning and interior joinery. It may have problems with some types of machining, although it is not frequent.

Usually the woods with a more intense reddish hue are tropical woods, although it is a generalization and not a rule.

The technical sheet and technical description of these and other woods are on our list of wood types or species.