African Mahogany Lumber

African Mahogany Lumber, or Khaya as it is also known for its scientific name  Khaya ivorensis, is popular for use in flooring, furniture and cabinetwork, joinery, shop fixtures, boat building, plywood, interior trim and decorative veneers.  African Mahogany wood lumber is considered a valid alternative substitute to Genuine (Honduran) Mahogany lumber.

African mahogany lumber has become more popular now due higher price of genuine mahogany lumber. It has a very similar color and graining but it is not as stable. The trees can grow to be quite large so it is possible to find wide long clear boards. From a sustainability standpoint, African mahogany grows in good rich ground that is not nearly as delicate as the Amazon basin.

African Mahogany Lumber

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Species Information

  • CUTS: Flatsawn, Quartersawn
  • SIZES: 4/4, 5/4, 6/4, 8/4, 10/4, 12/4, 16/4
  • DRYING: Kiln-Dried (KD)
  • OTHER NAMES:  Khaya
  • ORIGIN: West tropical Africa
  • APPEARANCE: Heartwood fairly uniform pink- to red brown darkening to a rich mahogany brown; sapwood is lighter in color, not always sharply defined. Texture moderately coarse; grain straight, interlocked, or irregular; without taste or scent
  • DENSITY: Janka scale hardness is 1,350 for dry material
  • WEIGHT: 42 – 50 lbs. / cu. ft., or approximately 3.5 , 4.2 lbs. per board foot
  • DRYING: Dries rather slowly but fairly well with little checking or warp
  • WORKABILITY: Good working properties with hand and machine tools. Material with irregular grain difficult to dress to a smooth surface. Turns well, good nailing and gluing properties
  • DURABILITY: Heartwood moderately durable; resistant to termites. Sapwood liable to powder- post beetle attack
  • PRESERVATION: Heartwood is extremely resistant to preservative treatments; sapwood moderately resistant
  • FINISHING: Can be finished smoothly with a high natural polish

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