South American Mahogany


Common Names
South American Mahogany
Scientific Name
Swietenia macrophylla
South America (Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, etc.)
South American Mahogany heartwood ranges from light reddish-brown to deep reddish-brown, often with darker streaks. The wood has a straight to interlocked grain with a medium to coarse texture.
Avg. Dried Weight
35-41 lbs/ft3 (560-660 kg/m3)
Janka Hardness
800 lbf
Modulus of Rupture
12,510 lbf/in2 (86.3 MPa)
Elastic Modulus
1,570,000 lbf/in2 (10.8 GPa)
Crushing Strength
6,970 lbf/in2 (48.0 MPa)
Radial: 2.2%, Tangential: 4.1%, Volumetric: 6.5%, T/R Ratio: 1.9
Rated as moderately durable to durable; resistant to termite attacks.
South American Mahogany wood is generally easy to work with both hand and machine tools. It has good nailing and screwing properties. It finishes well and can be polished to a smooth surface. The wood has good dimensional stability and is resistant to warping.

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