Auburn wood, also known as ACAJOU or AFRICAN MAHOGANY, is a quality wood, although it certainly does not reach the level of the original mahogany. The latter has, among other things, a more intense color and greater durability.

It is native to the African continent, more specifically to central and western sub-Saharan Africa. Countries like Cameroon, Gabon, Congo or Angola.

The number of trees has been reduced in the last decades, about 20%. Although it is not yet considered an endangered species, the previous data reveal an overexploitation.

Its scientific name is Khaya ivorensis A. Chev. (Syn. Khaya Klainei).

Characteristics of auburn wood

Color: the sapwood has light pink tones. The heartwood is between brown and light red, which darkens with exposure to light. The sapwood is clearly differentiated from the heartwood.

Fiber: Straight, although often interlaced.

Grain: Medium.

Density: Between 510-570 kg / m³ at 12% humidity.

Toughness (Monnin): 2.5 soft wood.

Durability: Durable against moisture. More limited resistance to insects.

Dimensional stability:

  • Volumetric contraction coefficient: 0.39%. A little nervous.

Mechanical properties:

  • Compressive strength: 460 kg / cm2
  • Static flexural strength: 760 kg / cm2
  • Modulus of elasticity: 94,000 kg / cm2


  • Easy sawing, although with some risk of deformation due to possible stresses during the growth of the tree.
  • Quick and easy drying, but with some risk of deformation.
  • Brushing with risk of repellency due to interlaced fiber.
  • Bonding smoothly
  • Nail and screw easily.
  • Smooth finish.

Despite being an imported wood, the price of mahogany is not high, at least if we compare it with similar ones.

African Mahogany - Acajou

African Mahogany USA

  • Manufacture of veneers and plywood boards.
  • Interior and exterior carpentry.
  • Quality furniture.
  • Boats, mostly light.
  • Spinning.