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Exotic dimensional lumber refers to hardwood lumber that comes from tree species that are not native to the region where the lumber is being used. These hardwoods are often imported from tropical or subtropical regions and are prized for their unique and distinctive characteristics, including color, grain patterns, and density. The term “exotic” is used to indicate that these woods are not commonly found in the local environment.

Exotic dimensional lumber is typically used in high-end woodworking projects where the specific properties and aesthetics of these unique hardwoods are desired. These woods may have features such as vibrant colors, unusual figure patterns, and high durability. Some examples of exotic hardwood species used for dimensional lumber include:

  1. Bocote): From Mexico and Central/South America Bocote is easily worked and machined with good results. Although Bocote has a fairly high amount of natural oils present, gluing is usually problem-free. 
  2. Teak: Renowned for its natural oils that make it resistant to decay and insects. It has a golden to medium brown color. Heartwood tends to be a golden or medium brown, with colour darkening with age. rain is straight, though it can occasionally be wavy or interlocked. 
  3. Mahogany (various species): Valued for its reddish-brown color, straight grain, and workability. Generally easy to work, though tear-out can be a problem if the grain is interlocked. 

Exotic dimensional lumber can be more expensive than locally sourced hardwoods due to factors such as transportation costs, limited availability, and the unique characteristics of these woods. Woodworkers often choose exotic hardwoods when they want to create pieces with a distinctive and exotic look.

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