Mahogany and QS Sycamore!

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Forum topic by harvey4804 posted 594 days ago 875 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, this afternoon was the very first time that I purchased good quality hardwood NOT from the BORG. After finding out my wife is pregnant that really kicked my tail in gear to start setting up my shop! My first “real” project since 7th grade shop class back in ‘95-’96 will be a crib. I was ready to spend a hefty chunk of change at the local and well-known Frost Hardwoods but while scrolling through craigslist I came across a guy that owns a custom cabinet shop and had a surplus ~700bf of Mahogany (Its either African or South American, I’m not sure, but it’s not Phillipine or Santos. It’s really pretty.), Cherry, QS Sycamore, Sapele Mahogany, and some Black Walnut.

I ended up getting 91bf of 4/4 mahogany and 9bf of the 3/4 s2s QS sycamore (100bf total) It’s significantly more than what I need for a crib, but I figured I’d buy however much I could afford.

I spent $325, that a good price?

Here’s some pictures, Just like most everybody else’s on here, they’e crappy quality. I wish I had a better camera to capture the grain. It’s VERY nice… at least for what I’m used to LOL…...

-- Ryan, FRMR HMM165 - HMX1 01-10

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#1 posted 594 days ago

You got a good price vs what my local retailer charges. I would have to pay about $6.50 for the mahogany, and $4.00+ for the QS Sycamore. A good score, congrats.

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#2 posted 594 days ago

Heck, 6.50 for mahogany, I got a quote for 14.99!

-- Ryan, FRMR HMM165 - HMX1 01-10

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#3 posted 594 days ago

Not a steal but still a great bargain on some good looking wood.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#4 posted 593 days ago

Excellent price. Quality look fine to me.

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

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#5 posted 593 days ago

That’s a great price!! Have fun making the crib!!

-- Jared, Northern IL

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#6 posted 587 days ago

looks good, but some commens from the Bolivian hardwood mill (me):
Just for your information; how do you know if it is mahogany? Here they export cambara (botanical name Erisma uncinatum) specie and sometimes another specie called sirari (botanical name Ormosia coarctata). Look it up on the internet (google images) and you will see these species.

-- With regards from Harry Montana

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#7 posted 587 days ago

Looks like a killer score to me Harvey. Im falling in deep lust over the sycamore. Congrats on the wife being pregnant too!

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#8 posted 587 days ago

Great work for your first “real” lumber purchase. I made a few mistakes when first buying hardwoods.

Big congrats on the pregnancy. Our boy is almost four months old and it completely changed everything. Though I don’t nearly have the shop time I used to, it’s wonderful having the little guy around.

Are you building the crib from plans or creating your own design?

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#9 posted 587 days ago

That Sycamore is awesome! I’ll ditto every one else and say Congrats on the wood score and the pregnancy.

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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#10 posted 587 days ago

I’m sitting here thinking about how you can sit with your child and talk about this preparation and this score and this project over the years and then someday share it with your grandchildren. Congratulations on this new stage of your life! Thrill to it daily.

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