Mahogany Santos » Myroxylon balsamum

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

Character

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.
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. The Mahogany Santos tree grows in Latin America
map of where this wood grows
Weight

4.83

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

2200

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

0.78

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


Mahogany Santos Hardwood Sample

Mahogany Santos Hardwood Sample


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