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Wood Library - Mahogany

Mahogany

South American - Swietenia macrophylla
African - Khaya ivorensis

Mahogany along with cherry, and oak are probably the most used wood for furniture. It was a favorite of Chippendale.

It's also used in musical instruments, boat making, outdoor furnitiure…

It works great with all tools, and holds screws and nails very well. It doesn't splinter. It takes all kinds of finishes evenly and very well.

South Amercan mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla) has a hardness of 800 (janka scale)
African mahogany (Khaya ivorensis) has a hardness of 830 (janka scale)

Cabreuva aka Santos Mahogany (Myroxylon balsamum) has a hardness of 2200 (janka scale)
Santos is not a real mahogany and is a lot harder. It is used for a lot for flooring.
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Wood Library - Mahogany

Mahogany

South American - Swietenia macrophylla
African - Khaya ivorensis

Mahogany along with cherry, and oak are probably the most used wood for furniture. It was a favorite of Chippendale.

It's also used in musical instruments, boat making, outdoor furnitiure…

It works great with all tools, and holds screws and nails very well. It doesn't splinter. It takes all kinds of finishes evenly and very well.

South Amercan mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla) has a hardness of 800 (janka scale)
African mahogany (Khaya ivorensis) has a hardness of 830 (janka scale)

Cabreuva aka Santos Mahogany (Myroxylon balsamum) has a hardness of 2200 (janka scale)
Santos is not a real mahogany and is a lot harder. It is used for a lot for flooring.
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I guess none of them would be any good for carving. You really know your wood Gary.
Thanks for the post.

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Wood Library - Mahogany

Mahogany

South American - Swietenia macrophylla
African - Khaya ivorensis

Mahogany along with cherry, and oak are probably the most used wood for furniture. It was a favorite of Chippendale.

It's also used in musical instruments, boat making, outdoor furnitiure…

It works great with all tools, and holds screws and nails very well. It doesn't splinter. It takes all kinds of finishes evenly and very well.

South Amercan mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla) has a hardness of 800 (janka scale)
African mahogany (Khaya ivorensis) has a hardness of 830 (janka scale)

Cabreuva aka Santos Mahogany (Myroxylon balsamum) has a hardness of 2200 (janka scale)
Santos is not a real mahogany and is a lot harder. It is used for a lot for flooring.
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Dave - I guess I left carving out because I don't know how. It is excellent for carving. Chippendale
carved almost all his furniture.
 

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Wood Library - Mahogany

Mahogany

South American - Swietenia macrophylla
African - Khaya ivorensis

Mahogany along with cherry, and oak are probably the most used wood for furniture. It was a favorite of Chippendale.

It's also used in musical instruments, boat making, outdoor furnitiure…

It works great with all tools, and holds screws and nails very well. It doesn't splinter. It takes all kinds of finishes evenly and very well.

South Amercan mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla) has a hardness of 800 (janka scale)
African mahogany (Khaya ivorensis) has a hardness of 830 (janka scale)

Cabreuva aka Santos Mahogany (Myroxylon balsamum) has a hardness of 2200 (janka scale)
Santos is not a real mahogany and is a lot harder. It is used for a lot for flooring.
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I'd love to learn more about mahogany! I've currently got a load of Peruvian mahogany, it's clearly different from, say, the Phillipine mahogany, but I don't know how it compares to other regions of Central or South America.

It's a very open grain, so finishing really requires a pore filling process of some sort.

Also like a little more clarification on "it doesn't splinter"... The wood I've got has been reclaimed from box beams, and I've nursed a number of nasty splinters from that process. Nothing like you get from, say, trying to carve or end-route Lyptus (which I've got splinters from right now, thought it'd make a good rasp handle…), but a little more on what your standards are would be neat!

Thanks!
 

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Wood Library - Mahogany

Mahogany

South American - Swietenia macrophylla
African - Khaya ivorensis

Mahogany along with cherry, and oak are probably the most used wood for furniture. It was a favorite of Chippendale.

It's also used in musical instruments, boat making, outdoor furnitiure…

It works great with all tools, and holds screws and nails very well. It doesn't splinter. It takes all kinds of finishes evenly and very well.

South Amercan mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla) has a hardness of 800 (janka scale)
African mahogany (Khaya ivorensis) has a hardness of 830 (janka scale)

Cabreuva aka Santos Mahogany (Myroxylon balsamum) has a hardness of 2200 (janka scale)
Santos is not a real mahogany and is a lot harder. It is used for a lot for flooring.
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Dan - By splinter I mean that when you break it, you won't get long slivers. When you cut it you may get little chips on the cut edge that you can just wipe off with your fingers. It's hard to explain. You just kind of know.

I had a friend that worked in a lumber mill feeding machines for about 15 years. He told me that Douglas fir gave him the most splinters of any wood.

Is your mahogany real hard and heavy? Say harder and heaver than oak, or closer to pine?
 

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Mahogany

South American - Swietenia macrophylla
African - Khaya ivorensis

Mahogany along with cherry, and oak are probably the most used wood for furniture. It was a favorite of Chippendale.

It's also used in musical instruments, boat making, outdoor furnitiure…

It works great with all tools, and holds screws and nails very well. It doesn't splinter. It takes all kinds of finishes evenly and very well.

South Amercan mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla) has a hardness of 800 (janka scale)
African mahogany (Khaya ivorensis) has a hardness of 830 (janka scale)

Cabreuva aka Santos Mahogany (Myroxylon balsamum) has a hardness of 2200 (janka scale)
Santos is not a real mahogany and is a lot harder. It is used for a lot for flooring.
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It's definitely not as soft as pine, and it's a much smaller grain, but it's nowhere near as heavy as the eastern Maple or Massaranduba that I've been doing my other work in recently. My experience of oak is so varied that it's hard to compare, but I'd say it's lighter than a white oak, probably close to a lighter red oak.
 

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Wood Library - Mahogany

Mahogany

South American - Swietenia macrophylla
African - Khaya ivorensis

Mahogany along with cherry, and oak are probably the most used wood for furniture. It was a favorite of Chippendale.

It's also used in musical instruments, boat making, outdoor furnitiure…

It works great with all tools, and holds screws and nails very well. It doesn't splinter. It takes all kinds of finishes evenly and very well.

South Amercan mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla) has a hardness of 800 (janka scale)
African mahogany (Khaya ivorensis) has a hardness of 830 (janka scale)

Cabreuva aka Santos Mahogany (Myroxylon balsamum) has a hardness of 2200 (janka scale)
Santos is not a real mahogany and is a lot harder. It is used for a lot for flooring.
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Dan - It sounds like Santos Mahogany which has a fine grain. Hard to say for sure without seeing it.
 

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Mahogany

South American - Swietenia macrophylla
African - Khaya ivorensis

Mahogany along with cherry, and oak are probably the most used wood for furniture. It was a favorite of Chippendale.

It's also used in musical instruments, boat making, outdoor furnitiure…

It works great with all tools, and holds screws and nails very well. It doesn't splinter. It takes all kinds of finishes evenly and very well.

South Amercan mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla) has a hardness of 800 (janka scale)
African mahogany (Khaya ivorensis) has a hardness of 830 (janka scale)

Cabreuva aka Santos Mahogany (Myroxylon balsamum) has a hardness of 2200 (janka scale)
Santos is not a real mahogany and is a lot harder. It is used for a lot for flooring.
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Gary, should special care be given when you route mahogany, someone once told me unless your bits are extremely sharp, it will really chatter ?

Thanks for info.
 

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Wood Library - Mahogany

Mahogany

South American - Swietenia macrophylla
African - Khaya ivorensis

Mahogany along with cherry, and oak are probably the most used wood for furniture. It was a favorite of Chippendale.

It's also used in musical instruments, boat making, outdoor furnitiure…

It works great with all tools, and holds screws and nails very well. It doesn't splinter. It takes all kinds of finishes evenly and very well.

South Amercan mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla) has a hardness of 800 (janka scale)
African mahogany (Khaya ivorensis) has a hardness of 830 (janka scale)

Cabreuva aka Santos Mahogany (Myroxylon balsamum) has a hardness of 2200 (janka scale)
Santos is not a real mahogany and is a lot harder. It is used for a lot for flooring.
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Jeff - I have never found that to be true based on personal experience and I have been using mahogany almost exclusively for over 10 years.
 
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