Cuban Mahogany at Wood Werks
A few weeks back, we purchased full truckload of Cuban Mahogany live edge slabs that came from a huge tree which fell in the Florida Keys. Flitches range from 1” thick to well over 3” thick. Many are sequentially cut and numbered, just begging to be book-matched.
This is the perfect heirloom quality wood for your next heirloom quality project.
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Curious what all the hype is about?
Cuban Mahogany was used extensively in cabinetry & furniture-making for centuries in Europe & the United States. Because of its popularity it was harvested almost to the point of complete depletion.
It's been nearly unavailable since the 1950’s & is protected by an international treaty. What's currently growing in the Caribbean & South Florida can't be cut down.
Today, the lumber has become so obscure that the term “Genuine Mahogany” now applies almost exclusively to its close substitute, Honduran Mahogany, rather than the Cuban wood that for centuries was simply been referred to as “Mahogany.”
• Common Name(s): Cuban Mahogany or West Indies Mahogany
• Scientific Name: Swietenia mahogani
• Tree Size: 65-100 ft tall, 3-5 ft trunk diameter
• Average Dried Weight: 37 lbs/ft3 (600 kg/m3)
• Shrinkage: Radial: 3.0%, Tangential: 4.6%, Volumetric: 8.0%, T/R Ratio: 1.5
• Color/Appearance: Pale pinkish brown, to a darker reddish brown. (Color may darken with age)
• Workability: Sands very easily. Turns, glues, stains, and finishes well.
• Sustainability: This wood species is listed as endangered due to a population reduction of over 50% in the past three generations, caused by a decline in its natural range, and exploitation.
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