How Much Does Mahogany Wood Cost?

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Mahogany wood is one of the top choices when it comes to a wood species.  Mahogany wood can often be used for kitchen cabinets, hardwood floors and even as decking material.  Mahogany is a hardwood from Central America, Asia and South America.  Aside from its construction uses, it can also be used to craft furniture.

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“Building a Table for Our Dining room” (CC BY 2.0) by  Webb Zahn

How much does mahogany wood cost?

The cost of mahogany wood will depend on the quality, the finish, how it’s going to be used and where it’s purchased from.  Unfinished mahogany wood will cost about $6 to $30 per board foot, depending on the species, while flooring and/or decking pieces can cost about $6 to $10 per square foot.

According to, one piece of 4×4 wood can range anywhere from $4.30 to as much as $8+.

A supplier, such as AdvantageLumber, sells a 4×4 for $6 each.  They also have a 5×4 available for $6 as well.

With hardwood flooring, a supplier, such as WoodWorkersSource, has mahogany wood ranging anywhere from $7 for a simple sample all the way up to $65 per board.  They also have 20-piece packages available for $250+ per pack.

Mahogany cabinets can vary anywhere from $25 to $45 per board.

Aside from construction pieces, mahogany wood dining plates can cost $25 to $55 per plate.

Furniture, such as a mahogany conference table, can cost $250 to $1,200.

This Old House says mahogany can be the most expensive wood on the market, and some people will pay up to $28 per board foor for a Cuban or West Indian mahogany board.

What are the extra costs?

Installing a deck, hardwood flooring and more can get rather expensive if contracting it out.  Be sure to consider labor costs.  Most contractors start at $20+ an hour and go from there.  Consider using Home Advisor to find the cheapest contractor in your area.  Here, you can describe your project and contractors will email you with a quote.

Simple cuts can be made at local lumber yards and at bigger home improvement stores.  If a customized cut needs to be made, additional fees may apply.  Custom cuts are usually $10 to $15.

Paint, stain or varnish will be needed if you require a final finish.  Most floors or decks will require a coat of primer and stain/paint to ensure it lasts.

If a lumber yard has to deliver the wood, this can be an additional cost.

Tips to know:

To ensure that the wood is Mahogany, you’ll want to look closely at the pattern.  The thing about Mahogany wood is it’s going to have smaller ovals, which are known as ellipses.  Be sure to pay close attention to see if the ovals line up in neat rows rather than all over the place.  It’s fairly common to find wood described as Mahogany, but in turn, it’s another type of wood.  If you’re unsure the wood is truly mahogany, most experts at the lumber yard will be able to confirm.  The last thing that they want to do is lie and ruin their company reputation.

Philippine mahogany, for example, isn’t mahogany at all and aren’t part of the mahogany family.

How can I save money?

If the job is going to be smaller, consider looking for wood on clearance.  Some may only need a little polish.

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