Philippine Mahogany

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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uknown

is this wood strong for training like wooden swords?

Rod JEFFERY
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Rod JEFFERY

No, it is too low density and open-grained. Mahogany is the local name; it I not mahogany species.
Imported to Australia from Malaysia/Indonesia after WWII, it was called Borneo Cedar but it is not cedar species. When the termites loved it, the importers changed the name to Pacific Maple, but is not maple species either.

richwell
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richwell

Does anyone knows the shearing strength of this tree?

Bryan Perez
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Bryan Perez

Is this type of wood resistant to termites/pests fungi?

Tessie
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Tessie

What is the best wood for a house door, need assistance.
Thank you.

Clint Lefcourt
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Clint Lefcourt

Does anyone know what kinda wood this is?comment image

Sefton Payne
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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
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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
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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.

Dave Livesay
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Dave Livesay

Phillipine mahogany is not real mahogany. It’s Shorea, a southeast Asian Dipterocarp genus. Mahogany comes from several species of Swietenia, native to the Americas. As far as hardness, it’s probably comparable to mahogany, but talk about machining poorly. Shorea is the worst. There are so many species of Shorea, Swietenia and Pinus as to make any generalizations about hardness impossible. The pine you’re familiar with–the stuff you buy at the big box stores–is pretty soft, but red pine is as hard as hornbeam.

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?214

Additionally, periphery mahoganies like sipo and sapele can be quite hard compared to relatively soft genuine mahogany. On the other end of the scale you have spanish cedar (another relative of mahogany) which is softer than many softwoods. You are correct that wild generalizations cannot be made.

Jennah Barnes
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Jennah Barnes

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

vdc
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vdc

how high are the mahogany trees?

Dean Seaman
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Dean Seaman

Its NOT Mahogany!

Pony Boy
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Pony Boy

what IS it!??

Dean Seaman
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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… Read more »

Pony Boy
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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
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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

Pony Boy
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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
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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
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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
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Dean Seaman

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

Pony Boy
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Pony Boy

yes, within this website, including the threads

Danny O'Donnell
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Danny O'Donnell

Nice bit of blatant plagiarism.

Dean Seaman
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Dean Seaman

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