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MANGO

Mangifera spp.

Mangifera spp. of the family Anacardiaceae, including at least the following: Mangifera altissima, Mangifera coccigera, Mangifera caloneura, Mangifera foetida, Mangifera indica, Mangifera minor, Mangifera solomonensis, Mangifera sylvatica, and Mangifera zeylandica

Correspondent Pete Morrison tells me that working mango is very similar to working with maple but that it is not a very hard or tight-grained wood and can be quite dusty when sanding. No problems with dulling tools and takes finishes quite well but the wood may chip if worked too aggressively.

Assuming all of the colors seen on this page are correct, mango has a large variation in color from light tan to brown and reddish brown.

my samples:


both sides of a sample plank of Hawaiian mango / Mangifera indica --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site. The vendor has labeled this "curly" but it is not curly at all, it just has some very nice wavy grain. The labeled side is raw but the 2nd side has been sanded to 240 grit and so shows details better.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of mango / Mangifera indica --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of mango / Mangifera indica --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by Mark Peet whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of mango / Mangifera spp. --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a spalted sample plank


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from the other end of the piece directly above


face grain closeup of the piece directly above

Note: the following 4 pics were provided by Pete Morrison who assures me that the color is accurate.

small curly plank with furniture polish finish


two planks


a pen that Pete Morrison turned


The Wood Book pics


flat cut, quartersawn, end grain
mango (Mangifera indica) from The Wood Book --- both levels of enlargement are available for all 3 views

web pics:


log cross section


slabs listed as Hawaiian mango


planks


both sides and a closeup of a plank listed as mango / Mangifera indica


planks all from the same vendor and all listed as mango / Mangifera indica (which is sometimes called "common mango")


planks all rough-cut with a chainsaw


planks listed as curly mango / Mangifera inidca --- these show up better in the enlargements


pen blanks


curly Hawaiian mango guitar-back thin-wood with both enlargements for both pics


scales


spalted scales


plank listed as splated


planks listed as chocolate-heart Hawaiian mango


planks and scales listed as curly Hawaiian mango


mottled mango


2 mango blocks and a plank that could be called curly OR mottled (I'd go for mottled)


plank listed as spalted Hawaiian mango


bowl blank listed as hawaiian mango


veneer


veneered cabinet


burl turning stock and closeup from Functionhouse (thanks)


mango log section with burls around the side


pen blanks listed as mango burl


pen blanks listed as wild Laos mango


spalted mango guitar back


pepper mill of spalted mango


platter and bowls


small bowl (3" across at the top)


candle holders


two views of a box ... to see that it IS a box, realize that the top and bottom overhang the sides by quite a bit and these pics are taken from an angle above and in front of the box.