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07-22-2016 01:02 AM

I’m about to drive an hour away to pick up some reclaimed mahogany for $6 a board. Each board is 76”x3”x2.25”.

I showed my dad who’s a contractor and he said it’s not mahogany.

Does this look like mahogany? I want to make end grain cutting boards and table tops.

Here are some pictures.

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#1 posted 07-22-2016 01:03 AM

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#2 posted 07-22-2016 01:57 AM

Looks like philippine mahogany to me (Luan)..

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#3 posted 07-22-2016 02:36 AM

There are a lot of species that get called mahogany. A few of them actually are mahogany.
This does look like one of the Philippine “mahoganies” but the pictures aren’t very sharp.
The Phillippine varieties (a few merantis and lauan) are not actually related to the true mahoganies.

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#4 posted 07-22-2016 03:54 AM

philippine mahogany is often used to make big pallets and i would say that is where that is from judging from the lines. I would ask the origin of the lumber before i fork over 6 buck for a board though.

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#5 posted 07-22-2016 04:27 AM

Me I’d be it is some sort of a mahogany species, and it’s lloking like 3×4 in x-section. but I don’t think it’s Honduras mahogany or any of the higher priced species

If you call around for any kind of mahogany prices, you may find prices as high as 15$/bm for low end stuff, so every inch is a bm if my calibration on my eyeballs is half assed correct.

this stuff used to be so cheap decades ago…. not so now. ....if you can find it.

But then you need a use for it.

And if it’s pallet stock, watch out for the nails that didn’t get pulled!!!

Eric in Calgary

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#6 posted 07-22-2016 08:05 PM

Picked up 45 boards. Didnt think my little Doge ram 50 could have held anymore. Thost 6 ft boards were heavy. Seller showed me some cut in his shop, tight grain.

It comes from Japan and is used under temporary train tracks, no nails either.

I’ve never taken a rough sawn board and milled it down before to use it, gonna be fun and a learning experience. Hope to get several cutting boards, frames and table tops out of them.

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#7 posted 07-22-2016 09:55 PM


It’s fun to get a haul of lumber.

Whatever it is, I think it’s worth the price you paid.

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#8 posted 07-23-2016 11:29 AM

Looks like rubberwood to me.
Now heavily cultivated on the Asian Rim for a variety of uses, from pallets to furniture.

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#9 posted 07-25-2016 02:53 PM

I cut a stick down into 24” pieces to run through my Bosch 4100 table saw. Yeah, I think I need a more powerful saw. Tried to push the 3 3/8” piece through and it was cutting but making noise I havent heard from the saw before and bogging down a little. If I went really slow it was fine. I tried to then cut half the height, then flip and do the other half. That works but didnt get a good line.

If I want to nice glue ready strips for cutting boards and table tops I’m going to have to find a different way. A jointer would be nice. My dad proposed I take them to a cabinet shop friend and have him true and square them up and cut a few into the sizes I need. Might cost me $50-$100 but the boards would be in manageable pieces.

Either that if hunt down a Sawstop or Unisaw. Several 3hp Unisaw’s for sale in the $700-$1000 range. A 1.75hp sawstop for $2,200. Figure I could offer $1700 and upgrade to a 3hp for another $500. Be cheaper than new .

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#10 posted 07-25-2016 03:26 PM

is rubberwood often confused with mahogany?

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#11 posted 07-25-2016 06:54 PM

”It comes from Japan and is used under temporary train tracks, no nails either”.

Does this mean the wood has been in or on the ground?

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#12 posted 07-25-2016 07:06 PM

We’re ya using the correct blade? 24 tooth or 18 tooth minimum for that kind of ripping.


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#13 posted 07-26-2016 12:40 AM

Speaking of correct blades. This 10 tooth rip blade will turn that mahogany into butter.

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#14 posted 07-26-2016 12:48 AM

Pare some end grain. Take some close up pics and explore this site

More than likely, they prob wouldn’t use a real mahogany species because of cost and the fact it’s temporary.

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#15 posted 07-29-2016 11:33 PM

Honestly I would be more concerned with “What is the timber treated with” I know awhile back there was a lot of concern about using pallets since pallets from other countries are often treated with chemicals to kill all bugs and what not. The Idea of making a project with that material wouldn’t bother me if it were sealed. but making boards or countertops would concern me.

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