The mango tree is well known for its fruits, and not so much for its wood. Mango wood is resistant and appreciated. In addition, it is very beautiful given the wide variety of shades it can achieve.

Fast-growing species, can grow to about five feet a year. This characteristic, as is the case with paulownia wood or bamboo, is increasingly appreciated, as it substantially improves the sustainability of logging.

It is common that when the tree reaches adulthood it decrease your fruit production. At that point, it is no longer useful to the farmer, and that is when it becomes a perfect source of wood. This implies yet another addition to the system’s sustainability.

There are more than 400 subspecies of hose. It is originally found in tropical areas, especially India, Mexico, Brazil and Southeast Asia.

Its scientific name is Mangifera.

Characteristics of Mango Wood

Color: Usually golden to dark or light brown. However, tones can go much further, including red and black.

Fiber: Wavy.

Grain: Thick and good natural shine.

Density: Semi-heavy wood, with an approximate density of 750-780 kg / m3 at 12% humidity.

Toughness: It is a semi-hard wood with 3.7 in the Monnin test

Durability: Very acceptable resistance and durability. The disadvantage is that it is subject to attacks by fungi. For its use in some works it is necessary to treat it previously.

Dimensional stability:

  • Volumetric contraction coefficient: 0.54% moderately edgy wood.

Mechanical properties:

  • Compressive strength: 725 kg / cmtwo
  • Static flexural strength: 835 kg / cmtwo
  • Modulus of elasticity: 125,000 kg / cmtwo

Workability:

  • Sawn. Smoothly.
  • Drying. Smoothly.
  • Brushed. Smoothly.
  • Glued. Smoothly.
  • Nailed and screwed. Requires knockouts.
  • Finish. Smoothly.

Direct contact with the mango wood can cause skin irritation. Although it is not frequent.

Main Uses

mango woodwork
  • The main use of mango wood is the manufacture of furniture.
  • Kitchen and home accessories such as plates, spoons, trays or vases. In these uses, care must be taken with the proliferation of fungi or the chemicals used to stop them.
  • Musical instruments (Ukuleles).
  • Spinning.
  • Interior carpentry. Frames window.
  • Plywood panels.
  • Order boxes.
  • It is not a good choice for wood construction.
  • Coal. In countries where wood must be used for energy or heat.