I've never bought mahogany. Is this a good deal?

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Forum topic by mahdee posted 04-07-2016 12:36 PM 967 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-07-2016 12:36 PM

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I happen to go to Memphis weekly for the next several months and I saw this ad on Craigslist and am wondering if the lumber is of good quality and the price is right. I’ve very limited experience with this wood and it appear (looking at the end grain pic’s) there are a lot of sapwood involved?
Thanks in advance.


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#1 posted 04-07-2016 12:55 PM

Never worked with Mahogany but FWIW, my hardwood seller currently has 4/4 at $5.25/bf and 5/4 at $5.95/bf. So it’s probably a good price. Can’t really comment on the quality.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#2 posted 04-07-2016 01:37 PM

Looks very nice. The price strikes me as almost too good for true Honduran (aka S.A. or “Genuine”) Mahogany.

At the local hardwood store, with my 10% discount and a minimum purchase of 300bf, the best I can get 4/4 for is $7.425 + tax here in NC.

-- Tar Heelz, Durham, NC USA

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#3 posted 04-07-2016 02:07 PM

$4.50 a board foot for Honduran Mahogany is a great price. I’ve only used African Mahogany because it is cheaper; about $6.50 bd.ft 4/4 in Southern CA. I would buy as much of that mahogany as possible.

-- Julian

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#4 posted 04-07-2016 02:29 PM

Thank you all. I’ll contact him and see what I can work out.


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#5 posted 04-07-2016 02:36 PM

Another question. How do I know if it is genuine Honduran and not African?


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#6 posted 04-07-2016 02:44 PM

If I lived closer I’d buy a lot of this. IMO, mahogany is a great work to with.

-- Rich in Cedar Rapids, IA

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#7 posted 04-07-2016 02:51 PM

Soft wood and can burn easily, but, oh baby, it looks great in the end. Buy all you can store and use wisely.

-- Small minds talk about people. Average minds talk about events. Great minds talk about ideas.

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#8 posted 04-07-2016 04:14 PM

Mahogany is a joy to use. Definitely grab a bunch.

-- Rick M,

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#9 posted 04-07-2016 04:52 PM

Mmmmm purty stuff. Get all you can and hoard it.

-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram

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#10 posted 04-07-2016 06:04 PM

Mahogany is a beautiful wood, not only to work but also to finish.
Pick up some, or all, and you won’t be sorry!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#11 posted 04-07-2016 06:07 PM

Thanks again… No wonder I couldn’t talk him down on the price even with a cash offer.


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