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WoodCop

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601 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: mahogany

Hi all,

I am making a cabinet for my buddy to match his bedroom set, which is mahogany. Due to the cost, which he is trying to keep down, what would be a good substitute. We need to stain the wood ebony or black to match the set. Thanks!

-- “Things may come to those who wait...but only the things left by those who hustle.”


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Wdwerker

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#1 posted 600 days ago

Might as well make it out of poplar. It will take stain quite well and is very affordable. Plus poplar comes in wide planks and usually several thicknesses.

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#2 posted 600 days ago

Meranti is also known as Philippine mahogany, has similar grain and texture, and is usually much less expensive. African mahogany (khaya, sipo, or sapele) is also quite similar, is usually a bit harder than meranti, and is a bit cheaper than Honduran mahogany.

But as wdwerker points out, if you’re just going to stain it all ebony, you might as well use poplar or alder if it’s not important to match the grain. Poplar or alder are closed-pore woods, so they’ll appear smooth, while meranti or African mahogany have open-pores like real mahogany.

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MonteCristo

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#3 posted 600 days ago

I would think Honduran mahogany would be expensive, as it is a true mahogany. Some guys I know are using sapele.

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shampeon

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#4 posted 600 days ago

MonteCristo: right, that’s what I meant. At the hardwood dealer I use, meranti is about half the price of Honduran mahogany, and khaya/sipo/sapele is in between the two.

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tyskkvinna

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#5 posted 600 days ago

I agree if you are staining it to consider poplar.

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WDHLT15

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#6 posted 600 days ago

Sweetgum. It has spiral grain like mahogany, and cut on the quarter, you can even get some of the ribbon stripe that is so characteristic of mahogany. it is not as stable as mahogany, though.

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Jerry

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#7 posted 600 days ago

Is Lyptus available in your area. I have used it in place of Mahogany and I was buying it for $3.50bf in Minnesota

-- Jerry - Rochester, MN *Whether you think you can or you can't, you are probably right* - Henry Ford

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WoodCop

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#8 posted 599 days ago

I think for the sake of $$ and ease of use, I will go with the poplar. It’s pretty abundant in NJ, thanks all!

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WDHLT15

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#9 posted 598 days ago

Lyptus would be a good choice to match mahogany.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT15 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln

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