African Mahogany (scientific name: Khayaanthotheca, K. grandifoliola, K. ivorensis, K. senegalensis), has heartwood that can range from pale pink to deep red in color, occasionally with red-brown streaks. Quarter cut/sawn wood may show ribbon-stripes. Its texture is medium to coarse, luster is good and grain is interlocked. The wood demonstrates the chatoyancy optical phenomenon, a typical of light refraction.

African Mahoganyis commonly found in west tropical Africa. It is moderately durable and has poor resistance to insect attack.

Janka Hardness :
4,760 N(1,070 lbf)

Average Dried Weight :
640 kg/m3(40 lbs/ft3)

Workability :
It is easy to work with, glue and finish. If grain is interlocked it can suffer from tear-out.

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Pricing / Availability

This imported wood type is a popular choice since it is relatively affordable as well available in ample quantity and variants; especially in terms of its size.

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Sustainability

African Mahogany is listed in the IUCN’s Red List mainly because of a one-fifth decrease in its population in just the last 3 generations brought about by human exploitation and a natural decline in its range. It is, however, not listed in the CITES Appendices.

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Common uses

Used for both decorative purposes, such as in interior trims and as veneers or for construction purposes such as to build boats, in furniture and as plywood.

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