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09-28-2015 12:07 AM

Picked up this piece of Mahogany off of craigslist today, 13” wide 3” thick and 81” long, was $65 hopefully that was a good deal. I’ve never used mahogany before, is it easy to work with, finishing and all that? Not sure what I’m going to do with it, thought about turning bowls from it.


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#1 posted 09-28-2015 01:12 AM

Under $3 a bf, you stole it. What kind of mahogany? Honduran mahogany is a dream to work with.

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#2 posted 09-28-2015 01:27 AM

Not sure what kind, meant to ask the guy but forget. He bought it a couple years ago, used half of it make a mantel out of, there anyway to tell what kind, don’t know anything about mahogany.

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#3 posted 09-28-2015 01:54 AM

Killer deal.

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#4 posted 09-28-2015 01:55 AM

Look up wood-database.com or something like that.

I have a similar chunk of African mahogany. Easier to tell with a pic of clean cut end grain.

What I have machines very well. I think yours may be true mahogany because of its lighter color. I’m probably wrong.

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#5 posted 09-28-2015 02:47 AM

I’ll try to get pics of the end grain tomorrow, don’t think it looked like yours.

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#6 posted 09-28-2015 05:21 PM

Kind of looks like ribbon cut sapele to me.

The light color in the op’s photo may be do to the way the Internet and monitors distort the color of photos something.

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#7 posted 09-28-2015 05:24 PM

I love Honduran mahogany. It works well. African tears out a bit more in my experience.

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#8 posted 09-28-2015 05:26 PM

Alaskaguy, anyway to tell maybe by smell? I plan on cutting a chunk off tonight and turn a bowl from it.

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#9 posted 09-28-2015 05:37 PM

According to the wood data base site, sapele smells like cedar while the mahogany’s don’t have a distinct smell, so should be able to tell. Guess it doesn’t really matter what it is, figured $3/bf aint a bad deal, I just don’t like not knowing what kind of wood for when I sell stuff.

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#10 posted 09-28-2015 05:39 PM

It’s worth having either way, but I’m betting it’s Sapale or African Mahogany from the grain pattern.

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#11 posted 09-28-2015 05:45 PM

looks like African Mahogany, we have 1200bf of it.

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Tennessee

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#12 posted 09-28-2015 07:50 PM

Looks just like the 80 board feet of Sapale I have on my wood rack, and almost nothing like the African mahogany plank I have on my rack.

And you would be more likely to find Sapale in thicker planks than mahogany.
Sapale is also lighter in weight.
Either way, $3 a bd. ft. is a steal for either wood.

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#13 posted 09-28-2015 09:13 PM

Sapele is much darker. I bet it is african mahogany.

Sapele smells like potpourri to me (Very sweet smelling)

African mahogany has a disgusting taste if you breathe the dust.

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#14 posted 09-28-2015 09:14 PM

Sapele

African mahogany.

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#15 posted 09-28-2015 10:11 PM

Was about to cut a bowl blank from it but stopped, don’t want to cut it up until I’m for sure what I want to do with it, thought about maybe a coffee table if I could get enough from it, not sure. Tired trimming on an end to better show the end grain, wasn’t the best job.

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