The wood name Philippine Mahogany is a loose term that applies to a number of wood species coming from southeast Asia. Another common name for this wood is Meranti: while yet another name that is commonly used when referring to plywood made of this type of wood is Lauan. (And even though it’s called Philippine Mahogany, it bears no relation to what is considered to be “true” mahogany in the Swietenia and Khaya genera—see the article Mahogany Mixups: the Lowdown for more information.)

Scientifically, the name Philippine Mahogany has been used to encompass most commercial lumber found in the Shorea genus, where it is very commonly used in it’s native southeast Asia. There is an abundance of variety between the difference species: each with different working properties, appearances, and mechanical strength values.

The five main groupings for Philippine Mahogany (Meranti/Lauan) are: Light Red Meranti, Dark Red Meranti, White Meranti, Yellow Meranti, and Balau.


Light Red Meranti (Shorea spp.)

Light Red Meranti


Dark Red Meranti (Shorea spp.)

Dark Red Meranti


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Yellow Meranti


White Meranti (Shorea spp.)

White Meranti


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Balau

 
  • vdc

    how high are the mahogany trees?

    • Dean Seaman

      Its NOT Mahogany!

      • Pony Boy

        what IS it!??

        • Dean Seaman

          Well, the wood name Philippine Mahogany is a loose term that applies to a number of wood species coming from southeast Asia. Another common name for this wood is Meranti: while yet another name that is commonly used when referring to plywood made of this type of wood is Lauan. (And even though it’s called Philippine Mahogany, it bears no relation to what is considered to be “true” mahogany in the Swietenia and Khaya genera—see the article Mahogany Mixups: the Lowdown for more information.)
          Scientifically, the name Philippine Mahogany has been used to encompass most commercial lumber found in the Shorea genus, where it is very commonly used in it’s native southeast Asia. There is an abundance of variety between the difference species: each with different working properties, appearances, and mechanical strength values.
          The five main groupings for Philippine Mahogany (Meranti/Lauan) are: Light Red Meranti, Dark Red Meranti, White Meranti, Yellow Meranti, and Balau.
          I hope that answers your question, Pony Boy.

        • Pony Boy

          um… from one perspective yes, but….. you didnt answer what is MAHOGANY (ie, where can we find it), since philippine mahogany isnt lol

        • Dean Seaman

          Sorry, it appeared you were asking what Phillipine Mahogany was.

          As for real Mahogany, this Wiki article does a good job explaining what Mahogany is – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahogany

        • ejmeier
        • Pony Boy

          i know what it is, thanks, but if youre going to say Phillipine isnt real mahogany, you gotta back it up ;)

        • Dean Seaman

          “Back it up”?….really? Do you know where you’re at?
          Why don’t read the article these comments are attached to, if you don’t believe me.

        • Pony Boy

          I bought Swietenia… is THAT “real” mahogany? or whats the highest quality, rarest, most expensive breed in the world? and can it grow in FL, or only in the Rain Forest?

        • Dean Seaman

          The answer to your question and any other wood related question you can think of is contained within this website.

        • Pony Boy

          yes, within this website, including the threads

        • Danny O’Donnell

          Nice bit of blatant plagiarism.

        • Dean Seaman

          That was part of the point…and he still didn’t get it. Clueless.

  • Jennah Barnes

    Looking to buy new outdoor tables at http://philippinefurniturestore.com/. Is mahogany a good material?

  • Sefton Payne

    Would this kind of wood be good for protecting a valuable antique snooker cue? If not what kind of wood be best??
    Cheers
    Sefton.

    • William Hope

      I’m assuming you are asking about a carrying case. The case construction would be more important than the wood. That said, this wood is soft, like pine, so it would be susceptible to dents and dings. I’d recommend a hardwood with metal corner protectors.

      • Bloughmee

        Mahogany is much harder than pine and mahogany is absolutely nothing like pine. Pine is about as soft a softwood as it gets, save for something like balsa. Mahogany machines well with very little grain tear-out – it would work great for any kind of protective case/box.

  • Clint Lefcourt