Technical specie specifications for Genuine Mahogany from Fantastic Floor - Discount Exotic and Domestic Hardwood Flooring, Prefinished Solid Flooring, Unfinished Solid Flooring and Engineered Flooring.
Mahogany Hardwood Flooring
- Scientific Name, Other Names: Swietenia Macrophyla, Mahogany, Brazilian Mahogany, True Mahogany, Honduran Mahogany, Honduras Mahogany, Big Leaf Mahogany, Large-leaved Mahogany, Sky Fruit, Tropical American Mahogany, True Mahogany
- Description: This is the most sought after Mahogany. Renowned for its incredible depth of grain and beautiful figure, Genuine Mahogany is one of the most popular woods in the world. It is deep red brown in color and full of gorgeous grain patterns.
- Janka Hardness: 800 pounds
- Strength (MOR): 11,500 psi
- Stiffness (MOE): 1,426 1000 psi
- Density (KG/m3): 580
- Tangential Shrinkage: 4.1 %
- Radial Shrinkage: 3.0 %
- About: Much of the first-quality furniture made in the American colonies from the mid 18th century was made of mahogany, when the wood first became available to American craftsmen. Mahogany is still widely used for fine furniture throughout the world. Indonesian plantations supply high quality timber to Australian fine furniture makers such as Woodbury House; however, the rarity of Cuban Mahogany and over harvesting of Honduras and Brazilian Mahogany has diminished their use. Mahogany also resists wood rot, making it attractive in boat construction. It is also often used for musical instruments, particularly the backs of acoustic guitars and drum shells because of its ability to produce a very deep, warm tone compared to other commonly used woods such as Maple or Birch. Guitars featuring mahogany in their construction include Martin D-18 and Gibson Les Paul models.
- Family: Meliaceae
- Tree Characteristics: Mahogany trees reach heights up to 150' with trunk diameters as large as 7'.
- Geographic Area: Brazil and throughout continental tropical America
- Color: Heartwood color varies from light to dark reddish dark brown to deep rich red. Sapwood is yellowish or whitish.
- Photosensitivity: Exposure to strong sunlight may cause some fading.
- Luster: High and Golden
- Grain: Straight with some interlocking
- Texture: Medium to coarse
- Drying Characteristics: The wood is reported to dry easily with minimal degrade.
- Working Characteristics: Works with little difficulty with both hand and power tools. When installing the flooring, it is best to use a manual nailer, but staples and pneumatic nailers can be used. It holds screws well, and it glues, stains, and polishes to a very attractive finish. It is relatively easy to sand with flooring equipment because of its softness. This wood is very resistant to decay and insects.
- Durability Rating: Genuine Mahogany flooring is moderately soft. It is softer than some North American floors because of its density but can swell with moisture if not acclimated properly. Brazilian Mahogany is not recommended for commercial applications.
- Applications: Fine Furniture, and cabinetmaking, interior trim, paneling, fancy veneers, musical instruments, boat building patternmaking, turnery, and carving.
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