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Forum topic by PhillipRCW posted 06-25-2015 03:02 PM 854 views 0 times favorited 31 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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PhillipRCW

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06-25-2015 03:02 PM

A local shop is clearing out a huge storage shed they have. Apparently she has monstrous pile of Mahogany and an old RAS for sale. She is promising me a really good price on the wood. I know Mahogany is a nicer wood, but I’ve never worked with it. Any tips or pointers for it? Also, what is a typical price per bf for it? I haven’t ever seen it here in Oklahoma.

-- Phillip- Measure twice, cut onc.... Hey look, it's rustic.


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cdaniels

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#1 posted 06-25-2015 03:08 PM

I paid anywhere from 6-12$/bf. it depends on the species of mahogany though. I would assume it’s honduran mahogany or genuine mahogany as those are the most common types. a “good deal” would be 2-3$/bf or better but that’s only my experience. on my profile there’s a retirement plaque with a tiger striped f-15 gun barrel, the plaque is made of Genuine Mahogany. it’s opened grain so anything you build if you want a glassy smooth finish you should use pore filler, then sand, then finish.

-- Jesus was a carpenter... I'm just saying

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rwe2156

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#2 posted 06-25-2015 03:09 PM

Mahogany is great to work with.

Couple things about it: it has silica so plan on more frequent sharpenings for chisels and planes.
Wild grain can be an issue. I use a white pencil to mark it.

Select typically runs >$5/bf for 4/4. Figured and thicker even higher.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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PhillipRCW

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#3 posted 06-25-2015 03:10 PM

Thanks! She said it was enough to redo their entire boat, and it sounds like it might be around $100 bucks. I’m waiting for pictures to get a better idea of size, shape, condition, and the true amount of wood.

Thanks for the tips too.

-- Phillip- Measure twice, cut onc.... Hey look, it's rustic.

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BinghamtonEd

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#4 posted 06-25-2015 03:14 PM

Local Shop + Monstrous Pile of Mahogany + Around $100 = Why are you not already on your way to check it out?

If its local, the worst case scenario is you’re disappointed and out some gas money. I’d bring more than $100, though. Someone else may get a steal on it because they went out there first.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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PhillipRCW

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#5 posted 06-25-2015 03:15 PM

The way she talked I believe it smooth lumber, so maybe I won’t kill my planer.

-- Phillip- Measure twice, cut onc.... Hey look, it's rustic.

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PhillipRCW

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#6 posted 06-25-2015 03:17 PM

I’m waiting for the official response from her husband. They both run the business and she posted on a junking group for a bunch of old women. She messaged me on the side about the wood though. We have helped each other out in the past, so hopefully nobody steals it before I get the ok.

-- Phillip- Measure twice, cut onc.... Hey look, it's rustic.

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#7 posted 06-25-2015 03:18 PM

Hm, I take back my original comment. A huge pile of planed mahogany for $100? I’d be weary, this sounds like one of those deals where the craigslist poster lures you out to their boat and kills you, but not before doing unmentionable things to you.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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helluvawreck

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#8 posted 06-25-2015 03:20 PM

As expensive as good wood is I love to hear about people coming across good deals. I hope that it works out well for you.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#9 posted 06-25-2015 03:24 PM

I foresee this becoming a Lifetime special. “The Mahogany killer”. It all happened because you misunderstood her meaning of “A killer deal on Mahogany.”


Hm, I take back my original comment. A huge pile of planed mahogany for $100? I d be weary, this sounds like one of those deals where the craigslist poster lures you out to their boat and kills you, but not before doing unmentionable things to you.

- BinghamtonEd

-- Don't blame me, I voted for no one.

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BinghamtonEd

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#10 posted 06-25-2015 03:25 PM



I foresee this becoming a Lifetime special. “The Mahogany killer”. It all happened because you misunderstood her meaning of “A killer deal on Mahogany.”
- SirIrb

Did she also say this was a “deal to die for” and “this piano wire, er, uh, mahogany will take your breath away”?

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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cdaniels

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#11 posted 06-25-2015 03:31 PM

very valid points, you know how them serial killers are. real specific with their wording! Better bring insurance!!!

-- Jesus was a carpenter... I'm just saying

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PhillipRCW

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#12 posted 06-25-2015 03:47 PM

Haha, maybe I pissed her off at the last craft show? Who knows. I have a few life insurance policies so at least my wife will be taken care of. I know they’re moving so she’s just trying to clear everything out. I hooked her up with a huge pile of cedar fence post for free a while back, so hopefully it’s just karma playing nice. I’m waiting for pictures right now. If it’s decent I’ll be breaking into the play money to go get it asap.

-- Phillip- Measure twice, cut onc.... Hey look, it's rustic.

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#13 posted 06-25-2015 04:21 PM

I know people have bought a large bunch of mahogany wood to rebuild old Chris Craft or similar boats,
this might be what happened and they never got around to using the wood. Now I know that none of
us have any half finished or not started projects, but it does happen to some other people. This sounds
like it might be one of those deals, please keep us posted. If it were closer I would offer to help, if there
was too much lumber :<}

-- As ever, Gus-the 77 yr young apprentice carpenter

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PhillipRCW

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#14 posted 06-25-2015 04:34 PM

Haha, never have I seen too much lumber if it’s priced right. Plus we’re moving. Just saw a house posted this morning as a new listing. Bigger house than we were looking for and a large shop with garage door and wired already with over an acre, just 5k over what we wanted to spend. I had set aside 10k to build the beginnings of a small shop. So yeah, I’m going to see this house Saturday. If I had to choose between house with shop and steal on mahogany I’m going full in on a house.

-- Phillip- Measure twice, cut onc.... Hey look, it's rustic.

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TheFridge

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#15 posted 06-25-2015 05:00 PM

I believe this is African mahogany

Trade for some light I got for free off of a job

Regardless of checking, there is a bunch of useable wood there. 12/4. I picked the most twisted slab because I don’t want piss off my friends dad.

Lights cuts. The mahogany Ive worked had nothing but interlocked grain causing a lot of tearout unless cutters were kept sharp and light cuts were taken.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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