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LYBeaulieu

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647 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: mahogany question carving tool carving traditional

I want to start making Chippendale furniture with all the associated carvings. I’m reading up on different mahoganies however there is a lot of confusing and misleading information out there. I’m looking for a straight answer on which type of mahogany is the best choice for this type of application. Any advice on this topic would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance!


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#1 posted 646 days ago

South American or Honduras would be the best. African or sapele is ok. African has real roey grain. runs in both directions and the color is not always the best. Mighty good projects ahead for you. Good luck. bob

-- Bob www.bobkloes.com

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#2 posted 646 days ago

Honduran, hold on to your wallet.

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WoodYard

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#3 posted 644 days ago

Another vote for Honduran.

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MonteCristo

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#4 posted 644 days ago

The best ever was Cuban mahogany but it’s pretty much impossible to acquire. Honduras is a true mahogany, Sapele is not. The latter is used by some because it resembles true mahogany in appearance but it’s nowhere near as good a cabinet wood.

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Grandpa

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#5 posted 644 days ago

Free!! Couldn’t resist. Honduran

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