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Khaya, African mahogany
DENSITY: 33 lbs./cu.ft.
TANGENTIAL MOVEMENT: 4.5 - 5.7%
RADIAL MOVEMENT: 2.5 - 3.2%
VOLUMETRIC SHRINKAGE: 9.1%
SOURCE: Tropical West and Central Africa
Is used where a good quality, medium weight hardwood is needed. Heartwood is shades of pinkish red, darkening to reddish brown with exposure. Sapwood is a creamy or yellowish white. Grain usually interlocked, and dark grooves appear when cut longitudinally. Texture varies. Severe buckling occurs when bent. When planing, use a cutting angle of 20 degrees. Excellent for furniture, cabinets, rotary and flat sawn veneers, staircases, doors, musical instruments, intarsia works, window frames, and the weapons industry.