Santos Mahogany is not a true mahogany timber. The mahogany headline was connected to the name as a marketing scheme. But that does not mean that it is any reduced in quality. In fact, Santos mahogany is regarded one of the best timbers for use as exotic hardwood.
There is a fair degree of color variation between boards of Quina, ranging from a lighter golden brown to a darker purplish red or burgundy. The color tends to turn more red/purple with age. Quartersawn sections can show a striped or ribbon pattern.
Appearance: Heartwood is reddish brown becoming deep red with hues of purple upon exposure. It has a distinctive fragrance that makes it high in demand. Gloss is medium to high, grain is interlocked with medium to fine texture with narrow parallel bands of streaks and patterns.
Quina has a very distinctive spicy scent when being worked. Trees from the Myroxylon genus are used to make Balsam of Peru, an ingredient used in perfumes.
Characteristics: Its stability, beauty, strength and outstanding durability makes it one of the most popular hardwood flooring species in the world. It is heavy and moderately difficult to saw. Mechanical properties and mechanical resistance are high. Responds well to artificial drying using a mild drying program. Heartwood shows high natural durability and does not require preservation.
This highly desirable South American wood is fine grained and extremely stable. Its strength and texture give it an appealing look and feel. It not only sands well, but it finishes beautifully. Its gorgeous red-brown tones have become increasingly popular to consumers and crafters alike.
Santos mahogany is a great choice for those that want the richness of the mahogany color but with more durability. As one of the most durable hardwoods available, it is a great choice for areas that receive a large amount of foot traffic. Unlike some hardwood flooring options, this flooring can be confidently used in commercial setting as well as residential.
|Density (kg/m3 dry)||920||Hardness (Janka) (kN)||10||Resistance to split in nailing||Good|
|Specific gravity||0.77-0.9||Finish||Excellent||Resistance to split and screwing||Good|
|Modulus of rapture (Mpa dry)||150||Stability||High||Gluing||Good or Difficult|
|Modulus of elasticy (Mpa dry)||16.5||Crushing Strength (Mpa dry)||82||Durable||High|
|Radial shrinkage %||3.8||Sapwood Lyctid Susceptible||Yes||Trees||20-35 year old|
|Tangential shrinkage %||6.2||Machining||Difficult||Round logs||Girth of 40-150 cm|
|Volumetric %||10||T/R Ratio||1.6||Growing regoin||South and Central America|