There is a fair degree of color variation between boards of Santos Mahogany, ranging from a lighter golden brown to a darker purplish red or burgundy color. The color tends to turn more red/purple with age. Quartersawn sections can show a striped or ribbon pattern. The grain is usually interlocked, with a medium to fine texture. Good natural luster.
Average Dried Weight:
57 lbs/ft3 (915 kg/m3)
Santos Mahogany has a noticeable blunting effect on cutting edges. Working characteristics are rated as fair to poor, on account of both its density and its interlocked grain. Staining or gluing can sometimes be problematic, though the wood finishes well.