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Mahogany – Brazilian

Swietenia macrophylla
Also known as |
Brazilian Mahogany|Geniune Mahogany|Honduran Mahogany
Mahogany - Brazilian Lumber @ Rare Woods USA

Known in the US primarily as “Genuine Mahogany,” Swietenia Macrophylla, its scientific name, is what most in the exotic lumber industry consider to be the true species when referring to “Mahogany.” Historically, it has been a very economically important wood throughout the Latin America region. Its color can range from a pale pink to a light to medium reddish-brown, and it is renowned for its chatoyance. Grains vary; although generally straight, they can be interlocked, irregular or wavy, also. Its texture is fine and uniform, with a rich natural luster.

Lumber which originates from the wood’s indigenous natural regions is considered to be significantly more durable and stable than its plantation-grown counterparts.

This species is in CITES Appendix II, and is listed as “Vulnerable” on the IUCN Red List.

Why We Love This Wood

Once a mainstay in the cabinetry, furniture and guitar building industries, here in the US, Genuine Mahogany has become increasingly more difficult to source since its inclusion in CITES' Appendix II, in 2003. It is still imported, although a significantly high percentage are of plantation-grown origin -- which is less desirable and considered to be of inferior quality to that grown in native habitats.

While the net effect of all this has been to create a 'mahogany substitute' segment of the exotic wood import industry -- bringing woods such as Sapele and African Mahogany more into favor -- the demand for Genuine Mahogany hasn't waned.

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    Vital Statistics
    Main Color GroupReddish Brown
    Grain Pattern Even
    Avg Dry Weight - LB/BF3.1
    Avg Dry Weight - KG/M3590
    Janka Hardness - LBF900
    Janka Hardness - N4020
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    Mahogany-Brazilian-Standard-4/4Lumber
    4/4 Lumber
    Standard
    bf
    9.5
    bf
    no
    Mahogany-Brazilian-Standard-6/4Lumber

    6/4 Lumber

    Standard
    bf
    10.5
    bf
    no
    Mahogany-Brazilian-Standard-8/4Lumber

    8/4 Lumber

    Standard
    bf
    11
    bf
    no
    Mahogany-Brazilian-Standard-Thinlumber

    Thin lumber

    Standard
    lb
    3
    lb
    no

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    Mahogany – Brazilian

    $25.91

    MOGBRAZ1134
    0.88" x 5" x 49.88"

    Small knots.

    Mahogany – Brazilian

    $30.10

    MOGBRAZ1133
    0.88" x 5.75" x 50.38"

    Worm tracks, check.

    Mahogany – Brazilian

    $19.67

    MOGBRAZ1132
    0.88" x 3.75" x 50.5"

    Cracked.

    Mahogany – Brazilian

    $26.10

    MOGBRAZ1131
    0.88" x 4.5" x 50.75"

    Crack.

    Mahogany – Brazilian

    $31.22

    MOGBRAZ1129
    0.88" x 5.13" x 53.25"

    Figured, defect on edge.

    Mahogany – Brazilian

    $31.37

    MOGBRAZ1128
    0.88" x 4.5" x 61"

    Worm tracks.

    Mahogany – Brazilian

    $27.55

    MOGBRAZ1126
    0.88" x 6.38" x 41.56"

    Worm tracks, defect on edge. Knot.

    Mahogany – Brazilian

    $28.91

    MOGBRAZ1125
    0.88" x 6" x 46.38"

    Crack, worm tracks.

    Mahogany – Brazilian

    $26.52

    MOGBRAZ1123
    0.88" x 4.81" x 48.25"

    Clear.

    Mahogany – Brazilian

    $25.85

    MOGBRAZ1122
    0.88" x 5.13" x 48.5"

    Defect on edge. Knot.

    Mahogany – Brazilian

    $21.06

    MOGBRAZ1121
    0.88" x 3.75" x 49.13"

    Edge worm track.

    Mahogany – Brazilian

    $27.25

    MOGBRAZ1120
    0.88" x 5.06" x 47.13"

    Minor corner defect.

    Mahogany – Brazilian

    $59.18

    MOGBRAZ1116
    1.94" x 4.5" x 49.69"

    Very light pin holes one side.

    Mahogany – Brazilian

    $56.43

    MOGBRAZ1115
    1.94" x 4.5" x 47.38"

    Light pin holes one side.

    Mahogany – Brazilian

    $28.90

    MOGBRAZ1112
    1" x 4.5" x 61.81"

    Light defect on edge.

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