Santos Mahogany Wood

Santos Mahogany Wood lumber is primarily used in flooring, furniture, interior trim, turnery and railroad crossties.  The tree is well known for its yield of balsam used in perfumes, harvested mainly in Central and South America.  Despite its name, Santos Mahogany wood is not really related to genuine Mahogany, nor is it even in the Meliaceae family, as is the case with African Mahogany and Spanish Cedar.  Santos Mahogany wood lumber can have a Mahogany-like appearance, though it is typically much denser, harder, and stronger than true Mahogany.

Stock Information

Species Information

  • GRADES: FAS/SEL
  • CUTS: Mixed Grain
  • SIZES: 4/4, 5/4
  • DRYING: Kiln-Dried (KD)
  • OTHER NAMES: Cabreuva, Cabriuva
  • ORIGIN: Brazil, has a wide range from southern Mexico southward through Central America and continuing to Argentina
  • APPEARANCE: Heartwood reddish brown becoming deep red or somewhat purplish upon exposure; fairly uniform to striped; sharply demarcated from the white sapwood. Luster medium to high; texture medium; grain is typically interlocked; without distinctive taste, but may have a pleasant spicy scent
  • DENSITY: Janka scale hardness is 2,200 for dry material
  • WEIGHT: 54 – 62 lbs. / cu. ft., or approximately 4.5 –  5.2 lbs. per board foot
  • DRYING: Shrinkage from green to ovendry: radial 3.8%; tangential 6.2%; volumetric 10.0%. These values are very low for a wood of this high density
  • WORKABILITY: It is reported to be moderately difficult to work. Though non-siliceous, there is more than the usual dulling of cutters
  • DURABILITY: The heartwood is reported to be highly resistant to attack by decay fungi
  • PRESERVATION: Both sapwood and heartwood are highly resistant to preservative treatments
  • FINISHING: Can be finished smoothly with a high natural polish

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