Mahogany (American) Hardwood

Mahogany (American)

American Mahogany, scientifically known as Swietenia macrophylla and S. mahagoni, is a beautiful and versatile timber. It can vary considerably in colour, ranging from yellowish, reddish, pinkie or salmon-pink when freshly cut, to a deep rich red or brown with age. The grain can be straight, striped, curly or wavy, and irregularities in the grain can produce attractive figures such as mottle, stripe or roe, blister and fiddle back. The texture is fine to medium to coarse and uniform, and white deposits or dark gum may be visible in the pores. American Mahogany is also highly glossy and golden in colour, making it a great choice for cabinetmaking, furniture, turnery and more.

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Also Called:
Zopilote Gateado, Mogno, Acahou, Big-Leaf Mahogany, Aguano, Caoba, Baywood; Also Often Distinguished By Countery Of Irigin: Cental American, Brazilian, Honduras, Costa Rican Etc, Cuban

Durability Notes:
Mahogany (American) wood is a durable timber.

The drying and seasoning of Mahogany (American) is dependant on a number of factors; the speed in which it is processed after felling and logging, the method of drying and the specific kilns or location (if air dried). Generally the care taken by those processing the wood will have an impact on its drying and seasoning. As an overview; Mahogany (American) - dries easily, with minimal impact on the grade and quality of the wood in the form of checking or distortion. Mahogany is very stable in service. Please note that all wood is liable to move when in service plus there can be dimensional change. The extent of this will depend on; the stability of the species itself, the conditions it is exposed to, the coating, decoration and protection. You will find more information about the suitability of this wood, for any proposed application, by using our interactive system and the filters shown.

American Mahogany has very low stiffness and resistance to shock loads and medium crushing strength. Although it has a low bending strength, it steam-bends tolerably well. It works easily with both hand and machine tools. Mahogany screws, nails, glues and stains well and an excellent polished finish can be achieved.

Typical Uses:
Furniture, Cabinetry, Upholstery, Flooring, Musical Instruments, Boatbuilding, Carvings, Veneers.

Moisture Content:
Guide - 10-18% for KD (+/- 2%)

Commonly asked questions about American Mahogany Wood

Is Mahogany a hardwood or a softwood? Mahogany is a hardwood. It is the same for; is American Mahogany hardwood or softwood? - American Mahogany is a hardwood.

Most groups/families of species share the same characteristics but this normally relates to their life as plants. Individual species do not always share the same characteristics as their relatives, in terms of the wood. Many factors influence how we use the wood and what we use it for, including where it grows, how it is forested, how it seasons/dries, etc. The answers to the following common questions, therefore relate to this particular species/wood and not the Mahogany family as a whole. Even more specific – our answers relate to the wood (as we know it) in its form as a useable resource.

What colour is American Mahogany? American Mahogany can be described as brown, dark brown, dark red, red

Is American Mahogany good for outdoor use? or is American Mahogany good for exterior use? American Mahogany is most suited for exterior/external use. American Mahogany can be used as an exterior/external timber (without treatment).

Whether the wood is naturally durable or not we would still recommend that it is decorated and/or coated with a suitable product to provide protection and/or maintain its appearance. This even applies when using the wood internally as, even subtle, changes in temperature or humidity will affect the wood. This will depend on the application/purpose of the wood and the user’s desired appearance. We also recommend that a recoating, care and maintenance programme is adhered to, for the life of an exterior wood. Wood cannot rot if it is kept dry – coatings and decoration can provide this protection. All of that said there are many durable timbers that are often left to weather naturally and will last for many years untreated/coated – movement and visual changes will occur but this is sometimes the desired effect. All wood is hygroscopic (it 'wants' to be in tune with its environment) it will therefore take on water from moisture in the air (or when directly exposed to or submerged in water) and ‘release it’ when dry or exposed to heat. This, inevitably, results in movement and dimensional change. For more about moisture in wood please click here - Moisture in wood

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