African Mahogany


Common Names
African Mahogany
Scientific Name
Khaya spp.
African Mahogany heartwood ranges from light to deep reddish-brown, sometimes with streaks of pink or purple. It has a straight to interlocked grain pattern with a medium to coarse texture. The wood has a moderate natural luster.
Avg. Dried Weight
35-42 lbs/ft3 (560-670 kg/m3)
Janka Hardness
1070 lbf
Modulus of Rupture
12,800 lbf/in2 (88.3 MPa)
Elastic Modulus
1,460,000 lbf/in2 (10.07 GPa)
Crushing Strength
6,670 lbf/in2 (46.0 MPa)
Radial: 4.7%, Tangential: 7.2%, Volumetric: 11.9%, T/R Ratio: 1.5
Rated as moderately durable to durable, with good resistance to decay and insect attacks.
African Mahogany wood is generally easy to work with, as it cuts, machines, and sands well. It has good dimensional stability. It holds nails and screws satisfactorily, and it glues well. The wood finishes smoothly and accepts a variety of finishes and stains.

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