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10-30-2011 05:25 PM

I have never worked with mahogany. I tend to try to sell wood species that best fit my customer’s personality. I have a customer I believe would like the finished look of mahogany with just a clear coat, no stain. However I am not confident that even I know what mahogany will look like finished out natural. Are there great variances in color tones with a mahogany. Like with walnut, which we use a lot, can vary from deep purple undertones to red undertones to strong brown color mixed with lighter sap.

The customer likes the reddish tones but Cherry wood finishes out to light in color for their taste. I am thinking mahogany might have a slightly darker and more consistent color tone throughout. Just what they are after.

This is a medium sized job. I have indicated to the customer I am very busy, my schedule has suddenly become packed. As I have played hard to get, the customer has become more and more interested in us doing the work. I have insisted with our heavy schedule that I would only be willing to do a natural finish, and any stain application finish would require another finish contractor to be hired.

Any sample work anyone has done or can point me to that I can see for myself, nothing that I intend on taking any credit for though. We do enough beautiful work on our own and no need in steeling credit from others. Just in case that is a concern :)

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#1 posted 10-30-2011 05:35 PM

Sounds like ya don’t want the job.
Mahogany will lighten over time. Why not use a mahogany stain or dye. Stay away from the MinWax stuff. You want a finish with depth, and the pigment will tend to dull the natural look. I’d use a dye stain if it were my job.
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#2 posted 10-30-2011 07:32 PM

From everything I’ve read it depends on which mahogany you are talking about, according to several publications.
Wikipedia

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#3 posted 10-31-2011 03:34 AM

Thanks for the information. I had no idea that mahogany can lighten up over time. Hmmmmm.

Well I did not have much available time in my schedule and trying to achieve a perfect stain color even throughout can be extremely challenging when schedule is tight.

Whenever possible I prefer to use a colored wood species the customer likes and leave it natural with sealed coat.

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#4 posted 10-31-2011 03:37 AM

Jerry, there are a lot of mahoganies out there each with a slightly different ‘look’ to it. but all reddish in general color when freshly cut. they do brown down over time but still have a warm tone. you can check out my projects for a few mahogany projects that were naturally finished to get an idea.

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#5 posted 10-31-2011 03:42 AM

you can see the browning effect to give you and idea: here is mahogany that was freshly milled and finished (my workbench):

And the same material (different part of the bench) about 2 yeas later:

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#6 posted 10-31-2011 03:44 AM

Then again, there is this restaurant here in town that was just build a year ago with all mahogany window trim that was marvelous firey red when installed, and now a year later it’s all yellowish… almost unrecognizable.

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#7 posted 10-31-2011 03:55 AM

PurpLev, i have looked @ some of your projects earlier today and they looked very nice. Very sharp looking. I seen your nice looking custom tool box made with mahogany. I have always wanted to build with mahogany.

Maybe the window trim suffered sunlight exposure. Certainly the xolor changing as you describe is a bad deal.

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#8 posted 10-31-2011 04:07 AM

PurpLev, Will mahogany color be stable when stained or dyed? If we have to stain or dye to keep the color, why do you value it so highly?

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#9 posted 11-02-2011 03:43 AM

I picked up.a.sample piece of African mahogany and put a finish on it. Met with two potential customers and they both sold on the material. I have not officially closed either sale but both customers just loved the mahogany with a natural finish. I am very close to closing both customer sales though.

Business has actually been great!

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