100 year old 4/4 mahogany bought, $3.95/bf

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09-14-2010 07:43 AM

Topic tags/keywords: mahogany resource

My local hardwood store had a bunch of 4/4 mahogany. Story is the Albuquerque High School installed the mahogany as bleacher seats in 1912. Reclaimed as the high school got new bleachers. Thru holes for bolts every 24 and 40 inches on some with nice widths from 7 to 11 inches. Got a couple boards 8 inches wide and 40 inches of clean wood. My first time to work with mahogany. I think I will probably be spoiled.

-- "I like the quiet I hear." - Channing, age 4

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#1 posted 09-14-2010 04:14 PM

Is this store in Albuquerque?

Edit: never mind. Dammit, why would they ship it there instead of selling it here?

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#2 posted 09-14-2010 05:03 PM

The store is Timber Woodworking in Mesa Arizona, suburb of Phoenix. As of last night, 13SEP10, they had only a dozen or so boards.

The project is the Arts and Craftsman style bench on the cover of Oct. 2010 issue of Wood magazine. The design doesn’t have any real long or real wide boards. The design is simple enough for me and displays the hardwood nicely.

-- "I like the quiet I hear." - Channing, age 4

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#3 posted 09-22-2010 06:07 AM

Heard on 20SEP10, Monday, that the hardwood store has more of this mahogany. Hearsay evidence, I won’t get a chance to be certain until Friday.

-- "I like the quiet I hear." - Channing, age 4

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#4 posted 10-02-2010 09:08 PM

On 30SEP10 Timber Woodworking brought out a new palette of this mahogany. They have one more palette in the warehouse. About 50+ 7 foot boards in a palette.

-- "I like the quiet I hear." - Channing, age 4

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#5 posted 10-02-2010 09:20 PM

It didn’t happen, if you don’t post pictures ;-)

Me like mahogany. Me must REALLY like OLD mahogany !

-- -- Neil

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#6 posted 10-02-2010 10:41 PM

The board on the left is 1 inch thick, 8.25 wide and 84 inches long.

100 year old mahogany

About 50 board feet shown here.

More of the same.

You can see the two holes in each board where it was attached to the bleacher structure.

Sorry it took so long, had to find camera then figure out how to post pictures.

-- "I like the quiet I hear." - Channing, age 4

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#7 posted 10-02-2010 10:49 PM

No doubt you’ll work around those holes just fine. The rest of the wood looks perfect. What a great find. I look forward to seeing what comes of it…

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#8 posted 10-02-2010 10:55 PM

Sadly, and oddly, I DO dream like that :-)

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#9 posted 10-03-2010 03:45 AM

Back in the late 70’s, I worked for a casket company here in Syracuse, NY. Every once in awhile, they would allow employees to purchase some of the stock they couldn’t use, on the cheap. I wasn’t much into wwking back then, but my dad bought up about 1500bf of mahogany, oak, cherry and walnut. It sat upstairs in the barn at his house for years. After I got married, moved off and got into wwking more, he had me come over and load the truck up and haul it off to my shop. I was definately in wood heaven! I made all kinds of furniture and stuff over the yrs and finally used up the last of it a couple yrs ago.Thanks Dad! I do still have a couple dozen 1 1/2” mahogany dowels used for casket handles. Sadly, the old Marsellus Casket plant succombed to fire just this week. It had closed in 2003 and they believe it may have been a victim of arson. :(


Oh yeah, the mahogany was dark rich red and had quite a nice mottled figue to it…I think he gave less than a buck/bf for it. It was like $1000 for all of it.

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#10 posted 10-17-2010 02:52 PM

Great story John. I live in Batesville (home of Batesville Casket that bought the intellectual property of Marsellus) and there used to be two large furniture manufacturers in town, Union Furniture C. and Romweber Furniture Co. I got lots of great turning/carving blanks from Romwebers over the years and got a bunch of great workbench bases at the Union auction years ago. Our furniture heritage is now almost dead.

To the OP, you have a great find there. I still kick myself that I did not make myself and my desires known back when the local schools dumped their wood bleachers for plastic. Lots of great 100% clear douglas fir went who knows where.

-- I'm the Woodsman . . . the four-wheelin', tree-farmin', custom-furniture-makin' descendant of Olaf "The Woodcutter" Ingjaldsson.

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#11 posted 11-03-2011 05:35 AM

Hello there, I came across this post on the reclaimed Mahogany bleacher material and wanted to share some art panels made with the same stuff from Mesa,Az. Two of the panels use it in the frame and the tree panel has reclaimed chestnut inside the frame from the same store. I wish I would have purchased more the Mahogany…

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#12 posted 11-03-2011 05:48 AM

Nice looking boards!

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#13 posted 11-04-2011 04:02 PM

I’d been buying crap loads of mahogany for like 1.80 – 2.13 a foot, sure its flooring, but I cut the tongue and groove off and wallah, nice project boards.

Then the flood struck and I lost my entire stockpile along with all my curly maple.. cries in his bowl of cereal and milk
The store I bought it from got flooded out of business. cries some more CHERISH YOUR SUPPLIES!

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#14 posted 11-08-2011 12:29 AM

azart, those are beautiful works of art. You have put that wood to most excellent use. Great work. Thabks for letting us all see them.

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.

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#15 posted 11-08-2011 02:16 AM

Wow! Congrats. I was close to selling a kitchen using African Mahogany and the lumber was quoted at 3.91 BF.

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