African Mahogany

Botanical name: Khaya ivorensis

Origin: West tropical Africa

Other names: Acajou, Caoba Africana, Samanguila

Density: 28-40lbs/ft3 - 450-640kg/m3

Uses: Guitar necks, heels, bodies, back and sides

Samanguila, also known as Acajou, is one of 5 species of African mahogany (Khaya ivorensis).

Although Samanguila is found in many habitat types it seems to thrive best in moist and wet undisturbed evergreen forest.

It is a light pinkish brown wood, darkening upon exposure to a reddish brown.

Samanguila is used for necks and heels for the more economical Spanish guitars.

It is denser than Cedrela odorata and not so highly regarded.

The heartwood color is variable, ranging from a very pale pink to a deeper reddish brown, sometimes with streaks of medium to dark reddish brown. Color tends to darken with age. Quartersawn surfaces can also exhibit a ribbon-stripe appearance. Grain is straight to interlocked, with a medium to coarse texture. Easy to work, glue and finish. Tearout can sometimes be a problem if the grain is interlocked. It is considered to be a valid substitute for American Mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla). Some of the most popular models of electric and acoustic guitars are made using this wood.

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Common uses:

-Salad bowls: 102x102x50 mm, 130x130x50 mm, 155x155x50 mm, 200x200x50 mm.

- High bowls: 155x155x70 mm.

- Coasters: 102x102x50 mm, 130x130x50 mm.

- Fountains pens & pawns chess board: 155x19x19 mm.

- Jewellery boxes: 200x200x50 mm.

- Lamps: 155x155x50 mm (lamp foot), 305x50x50 mm (lamps stand).

- Church candle holders: 305x38x38 mm

- Balustrades: 305x25x25 mm, 305x38x38 mm, 305x50x50 mm, 620x38x38 mm, 620x50x50 mm, 620x75x75 mm, 1050x38x38 mm, 1050x50x50 mm.

- Rulers & inlays: 305x25x25 mm, 620x38x38 mm.

- Wood working & boarding: 1000x100x70 mm.

- Fabrication, restoration and boarding: 130x38x10 mm, 620x30x15 mm, 1050x30x15mm.

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Botanical nameKhaya ivorensis
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