The color of African mahogany varies from light pinkish-brown to a deep reddish shade, often with a purplish cast. The luster is high and golden, and odor
and taste are not distinct. The grain is straight but often ribbon figure. Crotch and swirl figures are also quite common.
In general, this timber works easily, but if the grain is
exceptionally interlocked, it is difficult to surface without
tearing. It holds glue well and will split when nailing only in thin dimensions.
will stain evenly and will take a very satisfactory polish.
In damp conditions, it will react with iron resulting in
dark stains on the wood, therefore, coated or non-ferrous
fastenings should be used for assembly processes.
Khaya is a standard timber for furniture, up-scale joinery, boat building, paneling and interior work. it has frequently replaced American mahogany due to its
greater abundance and lower cost.