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Blog entry by matt garcia posted 2218 days ago 2606 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well I just got home from meeting a guy I met on craigslist today. He stated that he had some scrap Mahogany for sale that he inherited. I inquired what kind of mahogany it was, and he wasn’t sure. So after a phone call to make plans to meet, I was off. Well I met him at a gas station, and he had some great somewhat long, and wide Honduran Mahogany in the bed of his truck. I picked out a few choice pieces, and asked him what he wanted for them. He told me $30.00, so I took it. Just goes to show you that there are some great deals out there if you look for them, and manage to keep some mad money stashed away in your wallet!! Good luck to all in your ongoing hunt for inexpensive lumber!!

trunk full of mahogany

my bounty!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX



15 comments so far

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HokieMojo

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#1 posted 2218 days ago

nice find. I keep looking, but haven’t found quite as good a deal. I paid about $1.50 a foot for the lumber in my blog, but you are definitely the big winner. I think I’m to the point now where I oftern prefer to see peoples lumber finds over new projects. LOL

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Bigbuck

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#2 posted 2218 days ago

Nice, I want to come hang out with you! First you get some beutiful quilted maple for free and now you have a trunk full of mahogany for $30, you lucky dog.

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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Russel

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#3 posted 2218 days ago

I’ve become a big fan of Craigslist and found some good deals there. Just keep your eyes open and there’s value to be had. Good find.

-- Working at Woodworking http://www.VillageLaneFurniture.com

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Scott Bryan

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#4 posted 2218 days ago

Matt,

Nice score on the wood. You have some good looking mahogany to work with.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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douglbe

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#5 posted 2218 days ago

Sometimes we find the good deals. This past winter I answered an add in the paper and I got approx. 150 bd ft of white ash, white oak, and elm for $.40 a bd ft.

-- Doug, Reed City, Michigan

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Greg Wurst

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#6 posted 2218 days ago

Nice! I though I got a nice deal on some white oak off Craigslist but that’s even better!

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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Chris

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#7 posted 2218 days ago

Nice find Matt!

Also from another post: Garyk said if you put a ! at the beginning and end of the link it will show the picture instead of the link.

The picture below is from my Flickr page:

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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Dale Robinson

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#8 posted 2218 days ago

Wow, great find. I two or three years ago I went to an auction and bought the entire wood content of a shop for $200. among other things I got about 2000 BF of walnut, some as long as 14” and 8” wide. It is still out there if yo look.

-- Dale, southeast Misouri http://www.makingwoodentoys.net

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#9 posted 2218 days ago

That is such a great score. I would have paid even more for it and thought it was a good deal. But you got a GREAT deal!

Notice the board on the left in the trunk and how consistent the stripes are. This is often labeled as “ribbon mahogany” and is sold for a premium price. The last time I priced it out was 3 years ago at $18 – $20 per BF. I built my mahogany chandeliers from this type of mahogany.

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If the pattern runs out at the sides and is not as consistent, then it is not considered to have the ribbon figure. The consistent ribbon figure indicates a more stable piece of lumber.

When the finish hits this wood it will be incredibly striking. The mahogany sofa table has a great example of this. There is no stain or pore filler involved here, just a pre-cat lacquer finish.

Mahogany Sofa Table

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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matt garcia

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#10 posted 2218 days ago

Chris, I tried that ! deal, and it didn’t work. I wish I were as computer literate as I am talented as a woodworker!!
Todd I love your work!!! Just stunning!!
And thanks to all of you for posting your comments! I truly appreciate all of them!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#11 posted 2217 days ago

Here is my shot at pasting your photo:

trunk full of mahogany

It’s a snap!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#12 posted 2217 days ago

At your photo hosting site, to the right of the photo you will see this box: (copied from your photo host page)

Picture 1

Click on the box that says: HTML Code: Websites & Blogs.
Copy that code and paste it into the blog where you want the photo to appear. You can check how it looks by clicking on “Preview” at the top right of the blog box.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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matt garcia

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#13 posted 2217 days ago

How’s this Todd? Thank you so much for teaching me that! I’m so computer illiterate!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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scottb

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#14 posted 2216 days ago

Wow Todd, teaching how to post photos… ;)

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#15 posted 2216 days ago

Scott could tell you how I struggled at first. It was horrible.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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