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Utile Entandrophragma utile
MAHOGANY IN ALL BUT NAME
Utile shares many of the characteristics of African mahogany, for which it is often used as a substitute. I have a soft spot for this lumber, as I used it to make my first toolbox, but I probably would not consider employing it again because it is difficult to work and not hugely attractive. It too has alternating bands of pale and medium red-brown, variable in width and length, which hint at interlocking grain, though it is probably more consistent than African mahogany.

KEY CHARACTERISTICS
Type Tropical hardwood
Sources Africa
Color Varying bands of pale and medium reddish brown that darken with age to a more consistent color
Texture Medium to coarse, but relatively even
Grain Straight, but can also be interlocking
Hardness Hard
Weight Medium to heavy (41 lb./cu. ft.) (660 kg/cu. m)

AVAILABILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY
Utile is not as widely available as African mahogany, but it is just as heavily exploited in Africa and is unlikely to be available from certified sources. It has been listed as vulnerable.



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