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Mahogany

Santos Myroxylon balsamum

Shown below with water-based finish (top),
and oil-based finish (bottom)

mahogany

 

APPEARANCE

Color: Dark reddish brown.
Grain: Striped figuring in quartersawn selections.
Species & Grade Variations: Moderate color variation.

PROPERTIES

Hardness (Janka): 2200; 71% harder than Northern Red Oak.
Dimensional Stability: Above average (change coefficient .00238; 36% more stable than Red Oak).
Durability: Excellent

 

WORKABILITY

Sawing / Machining: Moderately difficult due to hardness; carbide tooling recommended.
Sanding: Sands satisfactorily.
Nailing: Good holding ability.
Finishing: No known finishing problems.
Comments: Some respiratory allergic potential.

COST

(Relative to plainsawn select Red Oak.)
Multiplier: 1.55

AVAILABILITY

Moderately available.

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