MAHOGANY (Swietenia mahogani)
The heavyweight of all woods, Mahogany is one of the most
valuable timber trees. Very popular in the 50's, Mahogany is currently
making a full comeback due to the new attraction of the "red woods'.
The timber is reasonably stable.
Untreated Mahogany will last for some 20 years. Mahogany
is susceptible for dry-wood termite attacks.
Interlocked or straight grain, often with a ribbon figure
and a moderately coarse texture. Creamy white sapwood and reddish brown
hearthwood, often with a purple cast. Mahogany is prized for its figures
which include stripe, roe, curly, blister, fiddleback and mottle.
Very stable hardwood. Moderately heavy but very strong
and durable in decay resistance and moderately resistant to dry-wood
termites. Low stiffness and shock resistance.
Interior doors, cabinetry, indoor furniture, boat
building, paneling, veneers.