Which mahogany to choose

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Blog entry by SchotterWoodworking posted 03-17-2010 03:55 AM 1118 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m getting ready for a total kitchen cabinet remodel and I want to make my cabinets out of Mahogany. i was going to get African Mahogany because of cost and availability but I have heard a lot of talk about how it finishes poorly compared to the American Mahogany species. I’m looking for anyone who can make a testament to the quality of African mahogany either way. Thanks!

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#1 posted 03-17-2010 04:09 AM

Mahogany covers a wide range of quality. I am working on a project with a type of African mahogany called Khaya. It is very hard and has excellent color and grain. On the other hand, I bought some mahogany that was very soft and fairly plain. There was an article in last year’s FWW (Issue 207, p74) that describes the different mahogany types – it may be available on line…

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#2 posted 03-17-2010 05:40 AM

We had our kitchen cabinet doors made from African Mahogany by a cabinet shop (this was just before I got into woodworking), and then I finished them (spray with WB varnish – Target). I don’t know how much better the process would have gone on other mahogany species, but I certainly wouldn’t say it finished poorly.

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