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Last week I was at one of our local hardwood dealers for some poplar and ended up leaving with just under 20 bf of Mahogany (7-12 in wide boards). The S3S 4/4 mahogany was selling for 5.99 a BF, clear pieces at around 6-7 ft in length. I didn’t have a real plan for the wood but figured I could come up with something. I have one project in the works but that will only use about half of what I bought.

My dilema is whether to head back over there and stock up on some more just to have one hand. I am going to need narrower pieces for the rails/stiles and hate the thought of cutting them out of a board that is twice as wide as needed. How much color variation have you guys found there to be in genuine mahogany? Would it be worth spending another hundred bucks on lumber just to have enough from that same batch for another project? The prices I have found online are quite a bit higher.

Basically I am looking for some good reasons to go back and purchase some more.. :)

-- Jeremy Morgan, CO Front Range,

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#1 posted 513 days ago

Better to have than have not. I am a wood hoarder. You can never have too much on hand.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#2 posted 513 days ago

Is it really mahogany ? There are a number of inferior woods that some call mahogany. See :

“The wood name Philippine Mahogany is a loose term that applies to a number of wood species coming from southeast Asia. Another common name for this wood is Meranti: while yet another name that is commonly used when referring to plywood made of this type of wood is Lauan. (And even though it’s called Philippine Mahogany, it bears no relation to what is considered to be “true” mahogany in the Swietenia and Khaya genera.)”

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#3 posted 513 days ago

That’s a great resource.

They are selling it as “Genuine Mahogany” and said that it was from south america. It is lighter in color than the “Honduran Mahogany” they have. here is a picture of it. this is just wiped down with some thinner.

It looks pretty close to the picture of the Swietenia macrophylla shown on the wood database to my eye. What do you guys think?

I like the way it looks, not the most amazing wood out there but decent. I think I am going to spend some time working with it a little and put some finish on a test piece or two. If it works finishes nicely I’ll probably get a couple more boards.

-- Jeremy Morgan, CO Front Range,

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