Scientific Name: Khaya
species (Khaya anthotheca, K. grandifoliola, K. ivorensis, K. senegalensis
Common Name: African Mahogany
Janka Hardness: 1070
Tree: 100-120 ft tall, 3-5 ft trunk diameter
Distribution: West tropical Africa
Properties: African Mahogany has a beautiful streaked color that can vary from a light pink color to a medium or dark reddish brown, and tends to darken with age. It can have straight and interlocking grain. It has a fairly coarse texture and can have fairly large rays that are close together. It also has a natural shimmering luster through an optical phenomenon known as chatoyancy, sometimes known as a “cat’s eye” effect.
Workability: African Mahogany can be worked easily, though tearout can be a concern if the grain is interlocked. It glues and finishes well, and is easy to carve, even delicate details. It can develop a wooly texture from sanding.
Common Uses: Fine furniture, cabinetry, joinery, luthier work, trim moulding, wood turning, and boat building.
Availability: Due to its popularity as an effective substitute for Honduran Mahogany, African Mahogany is often ready available for a moderate price in a variety of forms, including veneers and plywood.
Fun Fact: African Mahogany is not considered a “true” mahogany, as it is used as a substitute for Honduran Mahogany, the species known as “Genuine Mahogany”. However, it is in the same biological family, and shares many of the same characteristics including excellent workability and beautiful appearance.
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