Mahogany Wood: Properties, Characteristics & Uses

Mahogany Wood and its features
Mahogany is a world-class wood species

Mahogany is a world-class wood species that is found in many variants, such as African Mahogany, Cuban Mahogany, Honduran Mahogany, Santos Mahogany, Mountain Mahogany, Philippine Mahogany, etc., mainly based on the origin. It’s a heartwood, usually in deep red-brown color, with occasional dark reddish streaks.

Mahogany is used in both timber and logs forms, mainly for making furniture, cabinets, flooring, etc. The usability and specific properties, however, depending on where the wood has grown.

Since African Mahogany is one of the most popular species, we will talk about its properties and uses here.

Common Properties

Scientific Name: Khaya spp.

Distribution: West tropical Africa, African Mahogany is grown in almost all parts of the country, but major plantation can be found in the West tropical regions.

Tree Size: With 100-130 ft (30-40 m) height, Mahogany is one of the highest naturally-grown trees. The trunk diameter is usually 3-5 ft (1-1.5 m) in size.

Average Dried Weight: 40 lbs/ft3 (640 kg/m3)

Some of the reasons why Mahogany is so popular among woodworkers, luthiers and merchants is the easy availability and workability of this African hardwood.

In-depth View of Mahogany properties & characteristics

Color

African Mahogany color ranges from pale pink to dark reddish-brown, depending on the age. The heartwood grows darker with age. Also, it sometimes may have red-brown colored streaks.

Hardness/durability

Even though it’s a hardwood, Mahogany is not very hard. It ranks average in terms of hardness and has moderate, but not high, durability. Being not very durable, it’s poor to medium resistant to insects.

Workability

Since is a soft hardwood, it’s usually easy to work with. It is also easy to mill or cut in different shapes or timber sizes. At Cameroon Timber Export, you can buy African Mahogany timber in all standard sizes and shapes.

Stability

The stability of hardwood depends on its grain texture and moisture content, among other things. Mahogany has straight to interlocked grains, which makes it highly stable. The moisture content of the wood can be reduced through kiln drying.

Pricing

Mahogany is easily available and grown in almost all parts of the world. The prices are usually low or moderate, depending on where you’re importing Mahogany from.

Aesthetics and Uses of Mahogany

The most common use of Mahogany species is for furniture making. Almost everywhere in the world, Mahogany furniture is made with either locally-grown or imported Mahogany wood. The furniture made from Mahogany wood has a premium look and moderate stability. They look even better with a clean finish.

Other common uses of Mahogany include wood flooring, wood doors & windows, high-end trim work, veneering, turned items, plywood making, boatbuilding, etc. It’s also widely used for making guitar bodies.

Best Woods to Choose for an Ideal House Furniture

Best Wood for House Furniture
Best Wood for House Furniture

A house is a reflection of its owner’s preferences and culture. From wall paints to decor and furniture, every single thing is customized in a way that falls in harmony with the owner’s lifestyle and basic choices. After construction when it comes to adorning the house with stylish yet strong furniture, people often find themselves in a confusing state related to which type of wood is best and enduring for their house furniture.

The article is a small endeavor to make readers aware of the benefits, appearance and characteristics of best woods used in the making of the house furniture.

Walnut

The type of wood is acquired basically from regions of the US like Vermont, Great Plains, Louisiana and Texas. The color variants range from white to dark brown and the wood is the hardest and the most enduring of all. It is used in the furniture which requires a lot detailing as the wood carves very well and due to its enduring nature the furniture made out of such woods can be preserved for generations to come. Walnut is a great choice if you are opting for furniture with various carvings and a retro look.

Maple

Maple belongs to the genre of hardwoods and is used for heavy furniture like dressing, dining, bed. This is the most affordable of all the hardwood kinds and is an ideal choice when it comes to families with young members. Another quality of this wood is it can easily be polished to look like any expensive wood (like mahogany). Maple comes in cream to reddish-brown colors and has a straight fine grain with the hint of bird’s eye or fiddle back patterns. The wood is acquired basically from Great Lakes Region.

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Mahogany

Mahogany is yet another example of enduring woods which can be preserved for long without any damage to the furniture. Talking about appearance mahogany wood has a fine straight grain and is produced in large boards due to the large size of the trees. Mahogany is found in Mexico, Central and South America but is also grown throughout the Tropics of Africa. African Mahogany is more popular than South American Mahogany. Color differs from pink to pale to reddish-brown and it appears in straight fine grain. Mahogany can be used in big furniture or furniture for guest rooms as it owns an essence of elegance and is great for various woodworks.

Birch

Birch is often the first choice for those who opt for simplicity but with modern essence. The wood looks beautiful with blond colors ranging from cream to reddish-brown and clean line grains. Due to its subtle yet attractive appearance, it often embraces the look of modern houses that are less fancy and more sophisticated. Birch is acquired from Northeast and Great Lakes regions and along the Appalachians. The wood is durable and can be used in furniture with innovative woodwork.

Oak

Oak is one of the hardwood kinds and so it is a wise choice when it comes to making durable furniture. The quality which attracts the most is its nature of adapting to a variety of finishes. Want furniture with a modern or a retro look? Oak does full justice to both the finishes.  It’s also often used for Mission/Arts & Crafts furniture design. Oak is derived from eastern and central United States and many antiques in America are of Oak Wood.

It flaunts colors ranging from light brown to pinkish-red with patterns like swirling or stripped grains. The furniture made out of Oak is well known for its scratch and stain resisting quality.

Also Read: Types & Species of Hardwood for Flooring

Cherry

The blend of attractive colors and the capability of giving a beautiful finished look to any furniture makes Cherry Wood one of the most desired options of modern people. The wood is a pricey hardwood but that is balanced with its quality and appearance. Used mainly in antique furniture with brilliant artworks, Cherry wood’s beauty never fades and is well known to give long term benefits to the owner. Found in the Eastern United States the blend of colors appearing on the wood is pinkish-brown to deep red with straight patterns and some rippling.

Bamboo

Bamboo is a grass species rather than hardwood and therefore it takes less time to grow than a hardwood. Well, there is no compromise with quality and appearance, Bamboo wood gives a beautiful finish with a subtle yet attractive color blend. The quality of being a flexible wood type makes bamboo the wise choice for contemporary interior design.

Bamboo is an eco-friendly yet flexible option when it comes to making furniture and therefore it is a preferred choice of the environment-conscious modern generation. Bamboo is found almost everywhere in the world except parts of Europe and Antarctica.

Pine

Pine is the most affordable option among all the woods when it comes to making furniture. The wood type is ideal for farmhouses with a little raw look which is in trend these days. Pine absorbs the paints very well which makes it a great choice for furniture in kids’ rooms. 

Pine is often acquired from Northern Hemisphere and it flaunts colors ranging from a subtle white to eye-catching red, brown and beige tones. The feature that makes it different from other woods is its knots and its rustic characteristics. Pine wood’s appearance is adorned with beautiful knots making it a different yet innovative option to go for. The wood resists shrinking and swelling and thus goes a long way.

All these types of wood and many more African wood species you can purchase with Cameroon Timber Export, as we are the leading wood supplier and exporter in Africa and supply high-quality wood to furniture businesses all over the world.

Choosing the Right Type of Wood According to Requirement

Choosing Right Type of Wood
Choosing the Right Type of Wood

Choosing type of wood depends on the purpose and the type of the project. One needs to consider a number of things, such as the requirements for strength and beauty in the piece while selecting the right wood type.

At Cameroon Timber Export, we have a wide variety of wood available, each with its own benefits and features, which you can choose from based on your specific wood project requirements.

Here’s a brief guide on the types of wood and how to choose the right one for your woodworking project.

Types of wood

Based on the origin, specifications and uses, wood can be typically classified into the following two types:

  1. Softwood
  2. Hardwood

Softwood

Softwoods are produced from coniferous trees that grow faster and are usually straight. These trees remain green all year round and are generally yellow or reddish in colour.

Softwoods are less dense and generally less expensive compared to hardwoods. They are also easily available in less-common places like farms and houses, which means their acquisition is easier and cheaper.

Common examples of softwood trees include pine, cedar, mahogany, redwood, fir, etc.

Hardwood

As the name suggests, hardwoods are generally more dense (harder) than softwoods. Their use is also more popular because of the huge variety of colors, textures, etc.

Hardwoods are generally more expensive than softwoods and some of the exotic ones are also very rare.

Examples include oak, African padauk, afzelia, blackwood, ebony, iroko, African mahogany, etc.

Also Read: The Differences Between Hardwood and Softwood

How to choose the right wood

Besides the wood type, the strength and probable use of wood also depend on the way it has been cut at the mill. The three common types of milling processes are Plain, Quarter and Rift sawing, of which the first two are used mainly for hardwoods.

Plain sawing of hardwoods is done to build large wide wood slabs, which are ideal for building tabletops, flooring and furniture.

Quarter sawn hardwood is generally used for making furniture, because it is an expensive technique. This processing technique produces the most stable timber with beautiful patterning.

Softwoods that are processed through Rift milling are commonly used for the construction of decks, flooring, fencing, beams, framing, posts, landscaping and barn timbers.

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Now, choosing type of wood will depend on the type of project as well. For instance, if you are looking for wood for an exterior project, such as exterior flooring, bench, etc., you need wood that has a high resistance to sun and weather. Look for the types of wood that are high in durability and strength and have the ability to protect against rot, water and insects.

On the other hand, if you are choosing the right type of wood for an interior project such as a dining table or chairs, you need not worry about high rot or insect resistance or protection against sun and weather conditions. So, you can choose a wood that is beautiful in appearance and has a decent durability.

Where to find high-quality wood for your project

If you have already decided on the right wood type for your project and now looking for the best place to buy good quality hardwood timber, you don’t need to go anywhere else. At Cameroon Timber Export, we export and supply all types of wood timber and logs in a range of Africa wood species for all kinds of wood projects. So, whatever your requirement is, I’m sure you can find the right wood with us.

Go on, contact us right away to discuss your needs.

Placing A Small Wood Order with CameroonTimberExport

small wood order
small wood order

CameroonTimberExport is a Cameroon (Africa) based supplier and exporter of quality African wood logs and timber/lumber.

We export our wood logs and timber to multiple countries, including, but not limited to, Vietnam, Canada, UAE, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, and Iraq.

Normally, we have fixed minimum criteria on how much wood you can import/buy at a time from us, but that is for our existing and enterprise clients. If you are looking to start with a small wood order, we can work out a plan to fit your needs.

Eligibility for Small Wood Orders

This service is particularly for those woodworkers, merchants and businesses that are just starting in the wood import business and want small wood orders of just 1 or 2 containers to check the quality or get an idea about our timber species, quality and prices before they can commit to a bulk order.

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Also, those who are placing their first order with CameroonTimberExport can try our Small Order service.

Managing Small Quantity Export Orders (How it works)

We understand that many clients prefer to place small orders first, especially when they are starting out in the timber market or with a particular timber supplier.

This is why we have started this SMALL ORDER service, where we work out a customised order plan based on the immediate, small timber needs of a client.

The minimum order quantity is 1 container for SMALL ORDER service. This service may not be available for all locations, so please contact our team for confirmation.

How To Apply

If you are looking to place a small wood logs/timber order with CameroonTimberExport, you can contact us right away explaining your particular needs or order details. We will then work out a plan that best fits your needs and budget. Contact us to know more.