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Wood Library - 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.
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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