Santos Mahogany


Common Names
Santos Mahogany, Cabreuva
Scientific Name
Myroxylon balsamum
South America (Brazil, Peru)
Santos Mahogany heartwood ranges from reddish-brown to deep burgundy, with darker streaks and sometimes purple or black veins. The wood has a fine to medium texture with interlocked or wavy grain. It exhibits a high natural luster.
Avg. Dried Weight
55-65 lbs/ft3 (880-1040 kg/m3)
Janka Hardness
2200 lbf
Modulus of Rupture
20,100 lbf/in2 (139 MPa)
Elastic Modulus
2,090,000 lbf/in2 (14.41 GPa)
Crushing Strength
9,050 lbf/in2 (62.4 MPa)
Radial: 4.7%, Tangential: 7.5%, Volumetric: 12.6%, T/R Ratio: 1.6
Rated as very durable; highly resistant to decay, termite attacks, and rot.
Santos Mahogany wood is moderately difficult to work with both hand and machine tools due to its high density and interlocked grain. It has good nailing and screwing properties, but pre-drilling is recommended. It finishes well and can be polished to a high shine. The wood may blunt cutting edges due to its hardness.

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