Mahogany, Santos

Myroxylon balsamum


Mahogany Santos

Shown with water-based finish (top), and oil-based finish (bottom)

Color: Dark reddish brown.

Grain: Striped figuring in quartersawn selections; texture is even and very fine.

Species & Grade Variations: Moderate color variation.


Hardness (Janka): 2200 (71% harder than Northern red oak).

Dimensional Stability: Above average (6.2; 28% more stable than Northern red oak).


Sawing/Machining: Moderately difficult due to hardness; carbide tooling recommended.

Sanding: Sands satisfactorily.

Suggested Sequence:

  • First Cut: 40 or 50 at a 7-15 degree angle with the grain
  • Second Cut: 60 or 80 straight with the grain
  • Third Cut: 100
  • Hard Plate: 100
  • First Screen: 80
  • Second Screen: 100 or 120

Nailing: No known problems.

Finishing: Oil residue may be a problem. This can be eliminated by wiping with the appropriate 100 percent pure (not recycled) solvent before the sealer is applied.

Comments: Some respiratory/allergic reaction potential.


South America.


Readily available.