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Forum topic by gdpeps posted 07-06-2018 03:17 AM 544 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-06-2018 03:17 AM

Was able to score a cheap bundle of some beautiful hardwood that was billed as Mahogany. Hoping for some help verifying.

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#1 posted 07-06-2018 03:41 AM

I’m no expert but I’ve never seen that many knots in mahogany.
Nice boards, nonetheless.

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#2 posted 07-06-2018 04:06 AM

Well if it’s not brown “Alder” maybe Walnut?

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#3 posted 07-06-2018 06:32 AM

Yeah, it isn’t mahogany. Top pic looks closer to walnut but bottom 2 pics have a reddish tinge. Walnut is a cool brown. I don’t think it’s walnut. How hard/heavy is it? I hope you got it cheap.

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#4 posted 07-06-2018 09:33 AM


-- It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. Aristotle

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#5 posted 07-06-2018 11:39 AM

I’d say walnut as well

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#6 posted 07-06-2018 11:43 AM

I’m with the walnut crowd. Even though it isn’t mahogany, walnut isn’t cheap either. Looks like some nice figuring and color.

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#7 posted 07-06-2018 11:48 AM

Does not look like any mahogany wood I have ever used?

Read the mahogany article on wood database?

Between the grey/purple tones of top pics, knots everywhere, and lack of difference between heart and sap wood; reminds me of steamed/kiln dried #2 common Walnut?

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#8 posted 07-06-2018 11:53 AM


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#9 posted 07-06-2018 12:17 PM

I agree. That’s what’s left after a stack of #2 common walnut is picked over.

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#10 posted 07-06-2018 12:56 PM

definitely walnut

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#11 posted 07-06-2018 03:08 PM

definitely walnut

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+10 or wherever we are for the walnut count

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#12 posted 07-06-2018 04:43 PM

One way to tell if it is mahogany is to look at a quartersawn edge. It should display a distinct ribbon stripe pattern if it’s mahogany.

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