Okoume Wood vs Mahogany Wood

The difference between Mahogany and Okoume is that Mahogany is darkermore durable, and insect resistant than Okoume wood. Both woods are hardwoods and are widely used for woodworking. 

What is Okoume Wood?

Okoume wood is highly durable, stable and rot-resistant hardwood commonly used for furniture and musical instruments. Okoume wood, also known as Gaboon or Okoumé, is a type of hardwood that originates from the African Okoume tree (Aucoumea klaineana). It is native to the equatorial forests of Central Africa, primarily Gabon, Congo, and Equatorial Guinea.

What is Mahogany Wood?

Mahogany is durable, stable and straight-grained hardwood. It is popular for its workability and attractive appearance. It is widely used for making high-quality furniture and musical instruments. Mahogany is native to the tropical regions of the Americas. 

Mahogany wood is considered a premium choice for high-quality and long-lasting woodworking projects.

Here are the difference between Okome and Mahogany Wood

#Okome WoodMahogany wood
Scientific nameAucoumea klainianaSweetenia macrophylla,
Tree Height100-110 ft (30-38 m) tall,3-6 ft (1-1.8 m) trunk diameter75 -200 ft (23 -60 m) tall, 3-6 ft (1-2 m) trunk diameter
Crushing Strength5,250 lbf/in2 (36.2 MPa)6,760 lbf/in (46.6 MPa)
Janka Hardwood400 lbf (1,790 N)900 lbf (4,020 N)
Insect ResistantPoor insect resistantVery resistant 
Wood TypeHardwoodHardwood


Both Okoume and Mahogany wood are commonly used for veneer, cabinetry, plywood, furniture, boatbuilding, musical instruments, and carving.

Since we mentioned above that okoume wood does not have insect resistant properties, it is not as popular as mahogany for outdoor furniture. But okoume has good water resistance so it can be used for boatbuilding with sealer finishing.

Wood Tone

Okoume Wood produces a softer tone than mahogany wood, while Mahogany produces a hard, dense and good high-end response.


Okoume Wood ranges from a pale pink to light brown, sometimes with a golden hue. It has a straight grain pattern and a fine texture. Wood grain can be straight or wavy or interlocked. The texture is low to medium.

Mahogany wood ranges from light pinkish brown to deep reddish brown. It has straight or wavy grain pattern and texture can be medium to uniform.

Like most hardwoods, Okoume and Mahogany wood darken over time. It rapidly changes its color when exposed to direct sunlight.

Rot and Insects Resistant Workability

Okoume wood is not naturally resistant to rot and insects while mahogany is highly resistant. That’s why mahogany does not require additional treatment while okoume wood requires chemical treatment and exterior finishing.

Which wood is easier to work with? Okoume or Mahogany Wood

Mahogany wood is easier to work with than okoume wood, as okoume wood contains a high amount of silica which creates a blunting effect on the tool blade.

If working with small tools, then Okoume wood can be worked more easily. Because the density of Okoume wood is less than Mahogany.

Both the woods can be easily finished and hold the stain very well. Use sharp tools while planing and shaping with these woods as they often create fuzzy surfaces.


Mahogany is more expensive than Okoume wood, because Mahogany is in high demand in the market and real Mahogany only grows in Central and South America, making it rare.

But Okoume wood is not cheap at all; it is available in the market at moderate price. 


Mahogany has higher density and weight than Okoume wood. The Janka hardness value of Mahogany wood is 900 lbf (4,020 N) while that of Okoume is 400 lbf (1,790 N).

Here are the Janka hardnesses of other popular hardwoods, so you can compare how hard mahogany and okoume woods are.

Wood speciesJanka Hardness
Balsa67 lbf (300 N)
Quaking Aspen350 lbf (1,560 N)
Norway Spruce380 lbf (1,680 N)
Okoume wood400 lbf (1,790 N)
Lodgepole Pine480 lbf (2,140 N)
Douglas fir620 lbf (2,760 N)
Cyprus cedar820 lbf (3,670 N)*
Mahogany wood900 lbf (4,020 N)
Teak1,070 lbf (4,740 N)
oak1,220 lbf (5,430 N)
Hard maple1,450 lbf (6,450 N)