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Mahogany – African

Khaya anthotheca, Khaya grandifoliola, Khaya ivorensis, Khaya senegalensis
Also known as |
African Mahogany|Khaya
Mahogany - African Lumber @ Rare Woods USA

African Mahogany is a wood that continues to grow in popularity — so much so that this new millennium has seen its various species be replanted into tropical regions in Central America, as well as becoming a contemporary plantation roster addition. Depending on its origin, growth conditions and specific strain (“African Mahogany” encompasses four different Khaya species), it color can range from a pale pink or muted orange, to a somewhat darker reddish- or golden-brown. It can also have darker striping, and, aesthetically, it can be further enhanced through figuring (ribbon; wavy diagonal; mottled) and varying levels of chatoyance.

Its grains are typically either straight or interlocked. It works, turns and finishes easily, and beautifully, although boards which feature interlocked grains can occasionally pose tearout issues when planing, joining or resawing.

This species is not listed in the CITES Appendices, but is listed as “Vulnerable” on the IUCN Red List. (Given recent upsurges in supply, it may be due for a reevaluation.)

Why We Love This Wood

This is another commercially important wood to the African continent. It has been traditionally used there in numerous applications, and is considered a strong, tough, durable wood.

Its being utilized as a Genuine Mahogany substitute has seen its popularity and demand increase, leading to plantation-grown lumber and its various species being transplanted into tropical regions across Latin America. Its 'mahogany substitute' status is a valid, justified one: the wood possesses many of the same structural and aesthetic qualities as Honduran Mahogany.

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    Vital Statistics
    Main Color GroupReddish Brown
    Grain Pattern Even
    Avg Dry Weight - LB/BF3.3
    Avg Dry Weight - KG/M3640
    Janka Hardness - LBF1070
    Janka Hardness - N4760
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    Mahogany-African-Select&better-6/4Lumber

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    Mahogany – African

    Worm tracks.

    MOGAFR1099
    45.19 × 8.75 × 0.94 in

    Worm tracks.

    $29.81

    Mahogany – African

    Worm tracks.

    MOGAFR1099
    45.19 × 8.75 × 0.94 in

    $29.81

    Mahogany – African
    MOGAFR1099
    45.19 × 8.75 × 0.94 in

    $29.81

    Mahogany – African

    Worm tracks.

    MOGAFR1098
    41.75 × 8.75 × 0.94 in

    Worm tracks.

    $27.54

    Mahogany – African

    Worm tracks.

    MOGAFR1098
    41.75 × 8.75 × 0.94 in

    $27.54

    Mahogany – African
    MOGAFR1098
    41.75 × 8.75 × 0.94 in

    $27.54

    Mahogany – African

    Fracture.

    MOGAFR1097
    43.38 × 6.31 × 0.94 in

    Fracture.

    $20.64

    Mahogany – African

    Fracture.

    MOGAFR1097
    43.38 × 6.31 × 0.94 in

    $20.64

    Mahogany – African
    MOGAFR1097
    43.38 × 6.31 × 0.94 in

    $20.64

    Mahogany – African

    Worm tracks, fracture.

    MOGAFR1096
    49.63 × 6.25 × 0.94 in

    Worm tracks, fracture.

    $21.05

    Mahogany – African

    Worm tracks, fracture.

    MOGAFR1096
    49.63 × 6.25 × 0.94 in

    $21.05

    Mahogany – African
    MOGAFR1096
    49.63 × 6.25 × 0.94 in

    $21.05

    Mahogany – African

    Worm tracks, fracture, defect on edge.

    MOGAFR1095
    49.56 × 8.56 × 0.94 in

    Worm tracks, fracture, defect on edge.

    $28.79

    Mahogany – African

    Worm tracks, fracture, defect on edge.

    MOGAFR1095
    49.56 × 8.56 × 0.94 in

    $28.79

    Mahogany – African
    MOGAFR1095
    49.56 × 8.56 × 0.94 in

    $28.79

    Mahogany – African

    Worm tracks, cracks, fracture.

    MOGAFR1094
    43.31 × 8.63 × 0.94 in

    Worm tracks, cracks, fracture.

    $25.36

    Mahogany – African

    Worm tracks, cracks, fracture.

    MOGAFR1094
    43.31 × 8.63 × 0.94 in

    $25.36

    Mahogany – African
    MOGAFR1094
    43.31 × 8.63 × 0.94 in

    $25.36

    Mahogany – African

    Fracture, worm track.

    MOGAFR1093
    39 × 8.63 × 0.94 in

    Fracture, worm track.

    $25.38

    Mahogany – African

    Fracture, worm track.

    MOGAFR1093
    39 × 8.63 × 0.94 in

    $25.38

    Mahogany – African
    MOGAFR1093
    39 × 8.63 × 0.94 in

    $25.38

    20 BF – Mahogany African
    20 BF African Mahogany project packLengths: 60"-92" (last piece might be shorter to balance BF total) Widths: 4" and wider Thickness: Choose 4/4, 6/4 or 8/4 nominalWe S2S by default - surfaced thickness will be up to 1/4" less than nominal thickness. You can choose to get the lumber in the rough by selecting Machining = none and get an additional $20 off.Note: Lead time is 3 working days. Ships free via UPS/USPS.
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    20 BF African Mahogany project pack

    Lengths: 60″-92″ (last piece might be shorter to balance BF total)
    Widths: 4″ and wider
    Thickness: Choose 4/4, 6/4 or 8/4 nominal

    We S2S by default – surfaced thickness will be up to 1/4″ less than nominal thickness.
    You can choose to get the lumber in the rough by selecting Machining = none and get an additional $20 off.

    Note:
    Lead time is 3 working days.
    Ships free via UPS/USPS.

    $230.00$250.00

    20 BF – Mahogany African
    20 BF African Mahogany project packLengths: 60"-92" (last piece might be shorter to balance BF total) Widths: 4" and wider Thickness: Choose 4/4, 6/4 or 8/4 nominalWe S2S by default - surfaced thickness will be up to 1/4" less than nominal thickness. You can choose to get the lumber in the rough by selecting Machining = none and get an additional $20 off.Note: Lead time is 3 working days. Ships free via UPS/USPS.

    $230.00$250.00

    20 BF – Mahogany African
    PROJMOGAFR1001

    $230.00$250.00

    Mahogany – African
    Light end check.
    MOGAFR1089
    40.44 × 9.25 × 0.94 in

    Light end check.

    $31.03

    Mahogany – African
    Light end check.
    MOGAFR1089
    40.44 × 9.25 × 0.94 in

    $31.03

    Mahogany – African
    MOGAFR1089
    40.44 × 9.25 × 0.94 in

    $31.03

    Mahogany – African
    Light end check.
    MOGAFR1088
    35.63 × 10.38 × 1 in

    Light end check.

    $30.67

    Mahogany – African
    Light end check.
    MOGAFR1088
    35.63 × 10.38 × 1 in

    $30.67

    Mahogany – African
    MOGAFR1088
    35.63 × 10.38 × 1 in

    $30.67

    Mahogany – African
    Wormtracks.
    MOGAFR1087
    36.13 × 7.25 × 1 in

    Wormtracks.

    $21.73

    Mahogany – African
    Wormtracks.
    MOGAFR1087
    36.13 × 7.25 × 1 in

    $21.73

    Mahogany – African
    MOGAFR1087
    36.13 × 7.25 × 1 in

    $21.73

    Mahogany – African
    Wormtrack.
    MOGAFR1085
    36.19 × 7.5 × 0.94 in

    Wormtrack.

    $22.51

    Mahogany – African
    Wormtrack.
    MOGAFR1085
    36.19 × 7.5 × 0.94 in

    $22.51

    Mahogany – African
    MOGAFR1085
    36.19 × 7.5 × 0.94 in

    $22.51

    Mahogany – African
    Clear.
    MOGAFR1084
    26.63 × 8 × 0.94 in

    Clear.

    $17.67

    Mahogany – African
    Clear.
    MOGAFR1084
    26.63 × 8 × 0.94 in

    $17.67

    Mahogany – African
    MOGAFR1084
    26.63 × 8 × 0.94 in

    $17.67

    Mahogany – African
    Light checks.
    MOGAFR1077
    25.5 × 6.13 × 1.94 in

    Light checks.

    $25.78

    Mahogany – African
    Light checks.
    MOGAFR1077
    25.5 × 6.13 × 1.94 in

    $25.78

    Mahogany – African
    MOGAFR1077
    25.5 × 6.13 × 1.94 in

    $25.78

    Mahogany – African
    Small defect on the corner
    MOGAFR1065
    45.75 × 6.13 × 0.94 in

    Small defect on the corner

    $23.26

    Mahogany – African
    Small defect on the corner
    MOGAFR1065
    45.75 × 6.13 × 0.94 in

    $23.26

    Mahogany – African
    MOGAFR1065
    45.75 × 6.13 × 0.94 in

    $23.26

    Other Species

    Osage Orange - Argentine

    This South American species is closely related to the domestic Osage Orange.  The lumber it yields is typically a bit cleaner with less defects.  It is pretty hard and dense making it tough on tools, but it turns and finishes well.

    Common Uses:
    boxmaking, cabinetry, carving, crafting, inlay, specialty items
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    Common Uses
    osage-orange-argentine
    Tamarind - Spalted

    Spalted Tamarind comes from South East Asia.   The decay/spalting gives the wood awesome spiderweb type patterns that add character and excitement to its appearance.  The spalting is most prevalent in the sapwood which is prone to attack from bugs and fungus which cause it.

    It is moderately difficult to work, but turns and finishes well.  Sometimes the rot is more endemic than is obvious from looking at the surface of the lumber result in some wastage (lost pieces).

    Take care to use good dust collection and a dust mask, as the fungal spores add more to the air than dust alone.

    Common Uses:
    boxmaking, inlay, specialty items, turnings
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    Common Uses
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    Chakte Viga

    This vibrant Central America wood can features primary colors ranging from orange to golden brown (with gold, red and sometimes even green accent coloration). It is thought to be the closest relative to Brazilwood (famous for its use in stringed-instrument bows), and Chakte Viga shares many of the same acoustic properties. Grains are straight, but sometimes interlocked — otherwise, this wood works easily, and finishes well. It has a fine texture and excellent natural luster. Sap is a pale off-white to pale yellow.

    Chakte Viga is a wood that has been starting to emerge from relative obscurity over the last decade or so, being one of the lesser-known and -demanded woods from the tropical Central America region. We feel it has a huge untapped potential as a guitar tonewood, as well as in fine furniture production in the US. The wood has some very subtle aesthetics, sometimes exhibiting a 3D-like shimmering chatoyance after being finished with clear lacquer.

    Common Uses:
    fine furniture, furniture, inlay, turnings
    Detail
    Common Uses
    chakte-viga
    Longhi

    Longhi is an African wood with similar working properties to its more well-known cousin, Anegre. Its color varies from a greyish-white to beige to pinkish-brown color, which slightly darkens with age and UV-ray exposure. Its generally light appearance makes sapwood difficult to distinguish. Its grains are typical straight (though occasionally interlocked) and its texture ranges between fine and medium-fine. It can sometimes possess mottled or subtle tiger-striped figuring.

    The wood must be carefully dried, as it is susceptible to fungus. It is considered to be moderately durable, and moderately stable. Longhi has a solid strength-to-weight ratio, which makes it a popular choice for flooring and decking.

    Common Uses:
    cabinetry, decking, flooring, furniture
    Detail
    Common Uses
    longhi
    Birch - Yellow

    Heartwood can vary from pale yellow to a light, muted reddish brown; sapwood is grayish-white. There are many species of Birch, worldwide; it is one of the most popular woods, ironically, for both veneer and utility applications. Figured pieces are the more desirable for veneer, with wide, dramatic curly figuring (similar to Cherry) decorating the surface.

    American Birch works easily — it turns, glues and finishes well — although most boards have very little natural luster. It’s a versatile wood that can be used for a number of different applications, but it needs to be protected, as the wood will decay when exposed to the elements. (… and if left unprotected will rot.)

    Common Uses:
    boxmaking, cabinetry, crafting, flooring, furniture
    Detail
    Common Uses
    birch-yellow
    Alder

    Considered to be the most abundant hardwood in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States, Red Alder has long been used in the region for furniture and cabinetry production — as well as being a popular choice for electric guitar bodies dating back to when the instrument first went into mass production, in the 1950’s. Ranging in color from a light tan to reddish brown, Alder has a soft, lightweight stature — which makes the wood very easy to work, and it finishes and glues well.

    Red Alder is usually sold in two different grades: knotty, and clear. Clear grades are most desired by cabinet and furniture crafters. Many such tradesmen compare the wood’s cooperative disposition to that of Black Cherry.

    Although technically a hardwood, care must be taken with Alder until finished as its surface can be rather soft (thus, denting easily). The wood is decidedly non-durable, so confining its use to indoor applications and treating the wood with some type of hardening finish (such as lacquer) is recommended.

    Common Uses:
    cabinetry, lutherie, millwork, musical Instruments
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    Common Uses
    alder
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