SUPERB MAHOGANY SUBSTITUTE
Makore is very similar to afzelia (Afzelia cuanzensis) and, like that wood, is used as a substitute for mahogany and now also cherry, which is becoming more expensive. Makore is finer and has more figure to it than afzelia and is easier to finish to a high
luster. However, it is more difficult to work than mahogany because it dulls tools and is more brittle. Keep it away from steel fittings, as it can be stained blue. Stable once dry, it is very durable, but is susceptible to attack by some insects.
Type Tropical hardwood
Other names Mimusops heckelii, Dumoria heckelii, cherry mahogany, African cherry, baku, babu, abaku
Related species T. africana
Sources West Africa
Color Deep reddish brown
Texture Fine and even
Grain Straight, but can also be more figured and mottled Hardness Not particularly strong and moderately hard
Weight Medium (39 lb./cu. ft.) (620 kg/cu. m)
AVAILABILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY
Easy to source and moderately priced. Unfortunately it is classified as endangered, and we have not been able to find certified supplies, which should be considered if possible.