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Genuine Mahogany


Many of our finest staircases are made from  Mahogany. The lumber is valued for its color, workability, and general stability. Its heartwood is reddish, pinkish, salmon colored. It deepens with age to deep, rich red or brown. The sapwood is yellowish or whitish. Itsí texture is mostly fine. Mahogany grain is straight to wavy or curly. The lumber is rather light and soft, for example, when compared to Red Oak.

Mahogany shows no marked structural features. It is an even deep coppery-brown color, with obscure rings and only slight grain. The pores, usually stained darker, are large and evenly spread through the wood.

Mahogany is easy to work with. It accepts a wide range of common stains and finishes. Some outside railings are manufactured from Mahogany because of its resistance to some fungi, dry-wood termites and rotting.

The wood is relatively free of voids and pockets. Once shaped, Mahogany does not shrink or warp.

Advantages

Machines well, uniform grain, stain grade

Disadvantages

Limited availability, expensive

Honduras Mahogany
Honduras Mahogany

This South American species is endangered and in short supply. The cost is significantly higher when compared to many other hardwood species.


African Mahogany


As the name implies, this wood is grown in Africa. It is used as a less costly substitute for South American Mahogany. The heartwood varies from light to deep reddish-brown. African Mahogany is heavier and darker than Honduras Mahogany.

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