African Mahogany VS Genuine Mahogany

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Forum topic by RJones posted 02-28-2007 07:58 PM 4304 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-28-2007 07:58 PM

Having never worked with the two woods together I was curious if it would look out of place if I banded some African plywood with genuine? It seems the african is a touch lighter. Will I run across noticable difference when finishing? I plan to only top coat with pre-cat lacquerThoughts??



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#1 posted 03-05-2007 03:44 AM

I wouldn’t try to mix them but I am picky like that. My preference would be to go with the genuine over the african. I am only basing that on what looks good to me though if it looks good to you and or customer than go for it!

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#2 posted 03-05-2007 05:04 AM

Something I’ve always thought, as far as mixing my woods is concerned, is that I’ll rarely try to put two different woods of a similar color together. Often times they’ll clash more than they’ll look good. So I’ll pair a reddish wood with a darker black (think ebonies) or lighter brown and the darker browns, like walnut, with much lighter woods, like maple.

If you get two woods together that are too similar, but just not the same, it can look like you tried to match it up unsuccessfully.

That’s just what I do, though. If you can get some scraps of each, or you have enough to make some test cuts, give it a try and see how it looks! It might just be the best thing since sliced bread.

Then again, it could be as bad as having to wear saddle shoes to church when you were 10 years old (eeeww… remember those?).

-- Ethan,

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#3 posted 03-05-2007 06:11 AM

I’ve worked with both and I wouldn’t suggest it. They have such difference in looks that it would be noticable. Genuine Mahogany is consistanly more red as the African can cover a full spectrum of color.

I’m sitting at an African Mahogany Writing table I made, and looking at a Genuine Mahogany DVD Rack I made and if you stain them both with Mahogany Stain you might be able to pull it off

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#4 posted 03-05-2007 02:26 PM

Thanks for the input guys, I will try and post some pics with what I come up with when I am done. Thanks again


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#5 posted 03-05-2007 05:58 PM

Besides the color, is there any differences between the wood? The hardness, the straight grain, etc? I have not worked with either, so just wondering.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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