Santos Mahogany, Cabreuva Hardwood Technical Species Information

Detailed scientific and mechanical properties for Santos Mahogany, Cabreuva Hardwood Lumber

Santos Mahogany

  • Description: Santos Mahogany is one of the most coveted exotic hardwoods in the world. Its beautiful reddish brown to deep red color remains constant over time, and its tight grain serves as an exquisite accompaniment to the rich colors with its fine, distinctive strokes. Like many Brazilian exotics, Santos Mahogany offers not only a beautiful visual appearance but astounding durability as well. With a Janka rating of 2,200, Santos Mahogany is 18% harder than Hickory, the hardest of North American hardwoods. For longevity and amazing looks, Santos Mahogany is tough to beat.
  • More Info: We specialize in both unfinished hardwood floors and prefinished flooring. Available width are 3", 4" and 5". Please see our product catalog for more information.
  • Other Names: Myroxylon balsamum, Cabreuva, Balsamito, Cabore, Caboriba, Bosnian Pine, Incensio, Quina, Tache
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Santos Mahogany Lumber Scientific Properties and Technical Specifications

  • Janka Hardness: 2,200 pounds
  • Strength (MOR): 25,400 psi
  • Stiffness (MOE): 2,060 1000 psi
  • Density (KG/m3): 900
  • Color: Reddish-brown heartwood that becomes dark red, sometimes with accompanying purple tones. White sapwood.
  • Photosensitivity: Low to Medium
  • Tangential Shrinkage: 6.5 %
  • Radial Shrinkage: 4.2 %
  • Family: Leguminosae
  • Tree Characteristics: The Santos Mahogany tree can grow up to 100 feet in height, though usually averages 50-67 feet. It's diameter is 18 - 36 inches in diameter.
  • Geographic Area: From southern Mexico down through Central America and into Argentina.
  • Texture: Medium
  • Grain: Interlocked
  • Luster: Medium to high
  • Durability Rating: Rated as highly resistant to decay and fungi.
  • Drying Characteristics: Low shrinkage rate when drying.
  • Working Characteristics: Rated as moderately difficult to work with, finishes smoothly.
  • Applications: Flooring, furniture, railroad crossties, turnery, interior trim.
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