African Mahogany, scientifically known as Khaya spp., is a hardwood species native to the tropical forests of Africa. It is highly valued for its attractive appearance, workability, and versatility in woodworking.
Appearance and Characteristics
African Mahogany is known for its rich reddish-brown to deep reddish-brown color with a golden luster. The wood often features an interlocked grain pattern, giving it a distinctive and visually appealing appearance. It has a medium to coarse texture and is moderately lightweight, typically weighing around 3.0 to 3.6 pounds per board foot (680 to 816 kilograms per cubic meter). This combination of color, grain, and density makes African Mahogany a favored choice for a variety of applications.
African Mahogany is prized for its excellent workability. It is relatively easy to machine, cut, shape, and sand. The wood holds screws and nails well and glues effectively, allowing for a smooth and polished surface. Woodworkers appreciate African Mahogany's workability, which makes it suitable for a wide range of woodworking projects.
Uses in Woodworking
African Mahogany wood finds numerous applications in woodworking, including:
Furniture: African Mahogany is a popular choice for crafting fine furniture, including tables, chairs, cabinets, and veneered surfaces. Its rich color and attractive grain add elegance to furniture designs.
Cabinetry: The wood's fine grain and lustrous appearance make it suitable for cabinetry, particularly in kitchens and bathrooms, where it provides a warm and inviting ambiance.
Musical Instruments: African Mahogany is used in the construction of musical instruments, such as acoustic guitars and pianos, due to its resonance and tonal qualities.
Veneer: The wood is sliced into veneer and used in paneling, inlays, and decorative applications, offering a touch of luxury to interior designs.
Decorative Woodworking: Woodworkers often choose African Mahogany for decorative projects, such as inlays, turnings, and sculpted pieces, thanks to its ease of workability and visual appeal.
African Mahogany wood offers moderate durability:
Indoor Use: African Mahogany is suitable for indoor applications, offering resistance to wear and moisture fluctuations. It is an ideal choice for furniture, cabinetry, and decorative woodworking projects.
Outdoor Use: While African Mahogany is not as naturally durable as some other woods for outdoor applications, it can be used for short-term or protected outdoor projects with proper finishing and maintenance.
Bug/Insect and Rot Resistance: African Mahogany is not inherently resistant to insects and decay, but with proper finishes and care, its durability can be enhanced for various applications.
VARIATIONS AND OPTIONS
All lumber now ships surfaced on 2 sides, and ripped on 1 edge at a minimum. Surfacing is done to a 1/16th over nominal (+- .030). Also the option for a rip to width is now available for a premium price. Ripping is done on an industrial straight line/gang rip machine. While the rip will be consistent end to end, the fence may not always end up in the same spot between orders. Rip widths will be within 1/8th of an inch of stated widths.
4/4 will be surfaced to 13/16ths.
5/4 will be surfaced to 1 and 1/16th.
6/4 6/4 will be surfaced to 1 and 5/16ths.
8/4 will be surfaced to 1 and 13/16ths.
10/4 will be surfaced to 2 and 5/16ths.
16/4 will be surfaced to 2 and 13/16ths.