I made a trip to my favorite wood supplier. The reason that he’s my favorite is that all of the wood I get is free. I get the scraps, cutoffs, splits etc from his door and window making process.
I’ve been collecting Honduras Mahogany in my latest trips. Today one of the pieces had a name on it 6/4 Acajou. That was new to me and in my research is also called Honduras Mahogany some places call it just Genuine Mahogany. Over the last month I’ve probably picked up about 300 BD FT. I went looking for a price on this wood and found some places selling it for $15.50 BD Ft in thicker materials. Some of the pieces I got are 12/4 thick other has been surfaced to 1”.
They told me the other day that they were getting in a new species and needed a place to store cutoffs. So I helped them by cleaning out a storage compartment with about 250 BD Ft of Sapele, and when I was there today they said that they needed to clean out another compartment, so I may get more of the same. Most of the Sapele is under 2” in the largest dimension.
The new species that they got is Utile also called Sipo. It looks very similar to Sapele and that is why they need separate compartments – SO they can keep the scrap identified. I found some places selling Utile at 6.75 a bd ft and Sapele at 7.50 a bd ft so I guess it is a little cheaper. But it seem to be a more stable product when used in doors and windows. Both of them come from Africa.
The wood is donated to the Mason Dixon Woodworkers for our toy making projects. We are able to use up all of these small pieces.
I currently making 130 runabout cars out of the mahogany. I’m using Sapele trim radiators, seats, tool box. I’ll probably make about 10 sapele cars with mahogany trim on them. Don our charity outreach chairman and toy shop director is making 150 Sapele stake body trucks. We last made them out of Cherry and were a big hit with the kids, and even the adults that saw them.
The stake body truck is in the lower part of the picture.
We plan on giving some of these special toys to our contributors for our appreciation of their support.
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