Mahogany Santos » Myroxylon balsamum

Why Mahogany Santos?
Here's what to know about woodworking with this wood

Sometimes called Estoraque. Santos Mahogany does feature a strong color that gets darker with a finish, and the wood is extraordinarily durable. Santos Mahogany is hard, moderately difficult to saw, and has a high blunting effect on cutters. Sawdust from machining may cause respiratory irritation in some individuals. A dust mask or respirator is advised.
Mahogany Santos grows in Latin America

map of where Mahogany Santos grows
color of Mahogany Santos
Color Range
Fresh cut heartwood is reddish-brown, but darkens to deep red or somwhat purplish. Color variation between boards is moderate.
other names for Mahogany Santos
Other Names
Balsamo, Cabriziva, Cedro chino, Chirraca, Estoraque, Incienso, Nabal, Palo de balsamo, Santos mahogany, Sandalo, Tache, Tolu
uses for Mahogany Santos
Some Typical Uses
Fine furniture, cabinets, interior millwork, flooring, entry doors, stairs and moldings.
the Mahogany Santos tree
What's the Tree Like?
Heights up to 100 feet, but most commonly 50 to 65 feet. Trunk diameter of 18 to 36 inches.


lbs /Bd. Ft.
34.92% heavier than red oak (3.58 /bd. ft.)


Janka Rating
70.54% harder than red oak (1290 psi)


Specific Gravity
21.88% more dense than red oak (.64)

Woodworking with Mahogany Santos:

General Workability
Average 5/10
Red Oak

Wood Texture
Fine 3/10
Red Oak

Ease of Finishing
Good 4/10
Red Oak