South American – Swietenia macrophylla
African – Khaya ivorensis
Mahogany along with cherry, and oak are probably the most used wood for furniture. It was a favorite of Chippendale.
It’s also used in musical instruments, boat making, outdoor furnitiure…
It works great with all tools, and holds screws and nails very well. It doesn’t splinter. It takes all kinds of finishes evenly and very well.
South Amercan mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla) has a hardness of 800 (janka scale)
African mahogany (Khaya ivorensis) has a hardness of 830 (janka scale)
Cabreuva aka Santos Mahogany (Myroxylon balsamum) has a hardness of 2200 (janka scale)
Santos is not a real mahogany and is a lot harder. It is used for a lot for flooring.
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