Mahogany, African Khaya

Mahogany, African
Density: 540-600kg/m3


The heartwood varies between light pinkish to deep reddish shades. The yellowish sapwood is not clearly demarcated. The grain is usually interlocked and coarse.

Working Properties:

Generally easy to work, having a tendency to pick up on the interlocking grain. Can be glued satisfactorily. Takes a high polish.

Physical Properties:

African Mahogany covers many species in the khaya family. Some can be light, work easily and dry well. The heaver species are more difficult to work and when dried may distort and split.


Moderately durable.

Main Uses:

Used for furniture high quality joinery, boat planking, banisters and handrails.