Mahogany

Uses

Mahogany has a generally straight grain and is usually free of voids and pockets. It has a reddish-brown color, which darkens over time, and displays a reddish sheen when polished. It has excellent workability, and is very durable. Historically, the tree’s girth allowed for wide boards from traditional mahogany species. These properties make it a favorable wood for crafting cabinets and furniture.

Much of the first-quality furniture made in the American colonies from the mid 18th century, when the wood first became available to American craftsmen, was made of mahogany. Mahogany is still widely used for fine furniture; however, the rarity of Cuban mahogany and over harvesting of Honduras 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 drums shells because of its ability to produce a very deep, warm tone compared to other commonly used woods like Maple or Birch. – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahogany


Characteristics

Mahogany is a fine-grained hardwood with a medium texture. The grain is straight, but may contain parallel runs resembling ribbons. Color is generally reddish brown, but may sometimes be lighter with a pale red to grayish tinge. – http://www.valleyplaning.com/wood_species.html
Features
1.      The mahogany tree can reach more than 150 feet in height and 6 feet in diameter. Its bark is brown-red in color. Mahogany grows mainly in parts of Central and South America, West Africa and the West Indies.
Color
2.      Mahogany is typically red, pink, or salmon-colored when first cut. The hues deepen as the wood matures, taking on a rich red or brown-red cast.
Grain
3.      Mahogany has a fine to medium texture, with grain that varies from straight to wavy or curly. Irregularities in the grain are considered desirable, producing distinctive, visually appealing “figures” — the interlocking and interleaving of wood fibers.
Durability
4.      Mahogany is a strong, robust wood. Its lasting durability makes it a popular choice for furniture.
Maintains its Integrity
5.      The wood resists swelling, shrinking and warping over time, making it ideal for areas prone to excessive moisture or humidity. – http://www.ehow.com/facts_5746007_characteristics-mahogany-wood_.html

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