honduras mahogany wood

GENUINE MAHOGANY WOOD

By whatever name Mahogany is known by, whether it is Genuine Mahogany, Honduras Mahogany, South American Mahogany, Peruvian Mahogany, etc, this species is probably the single most respected, all time favorite, furniture wood.  Mahogany is the benchmark for stability, contains a good level of chatoyancy, has a rich consistent color, and finishes beautifully.  Unfortunately this resource is also one of the most abused.  For years, Mahogany trees have been harvested in a completely unregulated environment, under valued to the point where it was widely used as a paint grade molding instead of being saved for fine furniture and musical instruments.  With proper management this species could have been used for generations, instead of being responsible for the deforestation of the Amazon basin.

  • One of the finest hardwoods
  • Can be highly figured
  • Consistent red color
  • Benchmark for stability
  • Abused resource
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Characteristics of Genuine Mahogany

Origin of Wood Type Central America & South America
Botanical Name Swietenia macrophylla
Specific Gravity 0.64
Avg. Weight Per BF 3.33 lb/ bf
Color Range Light to Dark Reddish-Brown
Rarity / Availability Readily Available
Typical Avg. Width 4″ to 15″, can be found up to 30″ wide
Typical Avg. Length 8′ to 16′
Avg. Waste Factor 0.3
Wood Uses Fine Furniture, Cabinetry, Architectural Millwork, Guitar Building / Instrument making, Wood Turning, Wood Carving, Flooring, Veneer, Exterior Uses and many other uses
Lumber Grades Common 1 & 2, FAS, Quartersawn, Quartersawn (Figured), Flitch, Figured (Heavy), Figured (Medium), Veneer, Crotch
Other Trade Names Honduras Mahogany, Belizean Mahogany, Peru Mahogany, Peruvian Mahogany, American Mahogany, Central American Mahogany, South American Mahogany, Zopilote Gateado, Araputanga, Mogno
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