Khaya, also known as African Mahogany (Khaya ivorensis) differs from Honduras Mahogany by tending to be softer, slightly coarser textured, and usually darker and redder in color. African Mahogany does typically have a more pronounced interlocked grain and the ribbon figure revealed on the radially cut (quartersawn) surface is quite beautiful and dramatic. Coming from much larger logs, African Mahogany veneer is more readily available and easier for larger jobs, where sequencing and color matching are desired. It is a more economical choice since more veneer can be cut from a single log. Its porous texture takes well to dark stains and finishes while still exhibiting its beautiful grain and high luster.
African Mahogany is used all over the world and has many different names such as Nigerian Mahogany, Benin Mahogany, Lagos Mahogany, Degerman Mahogany, Mbaua, Mbawa and Mkangazi.
Some typical uses of Mahogany include: high-end furniture and residential projects, as well as in casewood and cabinetry, custom staircases, antique restoration and refinishing, pool tables, pianos, guitars, drums and other musical instruments, as well as in libraries, court houses, hotel lobbies, country clubs, office buildings and interiors, and other commercial projects.
Khaya is available in standard or premium grade. All Khaya is available in 4’x8’ and 4’x10’, with flat cut Khaya having even more sizes, including 4’x12’, 5’x8’, 5’x10’, 5’x12’ as well as cross grains of 8’x4’, 10’x4’ and 12’x4’.
While the most common backing is Oakwood’s 10 mil or 22.2 mil (BFV), we also have Phenolic, Wood on Wood, and Peel and stick available for purchase.