With a specific gravity range of 0.54 to 0.64 (34 to 40 pounds/cubic ft.), mahogany is a light- to medium-density hardwood. It dries well, moves very little in service and is durable enough for most outdoor uses. Although the thin sap wood is vulnerable to boring insect attack, the hcartwood is fairly resistant. Quartcrsawn stock is preferred by pattern makers because of its high stability. Mahogany requires pore filler for a smooth finish, though unfilled oil finishes produce an attractive leather)' "pigskin" color and texture. Mahogany takes dark stains beautifully and can be finished to a high luster.
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