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Forum topic by lateralus819 posted 05-28-2013 12:29 AM 3782 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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lateralus819

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05-28-2013 12:29 AM

Been working with sapele for a while now on my table, and I was curious and figured i’d ask some opinions for those that work with it and mahogany.

I’ve heard it thrown around that people use sapele for a mahogany substitute. Why is this? Where i get my hardwoods it’s only a few cents cheaper per BDF. It looks almost identical in some ways, but to me personally, i think sapele is FAR more beautiful. See picture.

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e359/lateralus423/972244_10151596468128686_1075901880_n_zps702ceb97.jpg

Just curious what peoples views were on the two types. Also, it seems as though sapele is far more dense compared to mahogany.

Side note. The “ribbons” in mahogany are hard as hell to plane, but the sapele is easy as pie?


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#1 posted 05-28-2013 12:55 AM

Sapele is around the same price as khaya (aka African mahognany), but about half the price of Honduran mahogany (aka “true” mahogany). It’s heavier and, from most of the boards I’ve seen, darker than either khaya or Honduran. Figured sapele is more common than figured Honduran. I think sapele is a beautiful wood.

I think the cheaper price compared to Honduran is why sapele and khaya and sipo are considered mahogany substitutes.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#2 posted 05-28-2013 01:00 AM

Honduran Mahogany is $12 bd ft for 4/4 in my neck of the woods….

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#3 posted 05-28-2013 01:15 AM

I can’t really weigh in on this. A few years ago I rescued a bunch of sapele from a trash pile and its still sitting in my woodpile waiting to be worked!

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#4 posted 05-28-2013 01:19 AM

Doh…I forgot, the “real” mahogany IS more expensive my bad. Either way. I still think sapele is just as if not more gorgeous!

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#5 posted 05-28-2013 01:24 AM

lateralus….BTW….your table project (attached photo) is beautiful !!

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#6 posted 05-28-2013 01:37 AM

Thanks KDC be sure to check the projects section in a week or so when it is done! I’m stoked, it’s taken months.

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#7 posted 05-28-2013 01:41 AM

lateralus…what type of finish ?

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#8 posted 05-28-2013 10:12 AM

The sapele has 2 coats of danish oil natural, with 3 coats of poly. Maple has 2 coats of vintage maple dye, 2 coats danish oil natural and 3 coats poly.

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#9 posted 05-28-2013 10:25 AM

lateralus....great work….looking forward to seeing it in the projects section…..

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#10 posted 05-28-2013 11:37 AM

Here in Ireland, you haven’t been able to buy mahogany since the late seventies as it’s classed as an endangered species, so sapele is the only material I’ve used for jobs where the customer wants mahogany. It is different though, there’s wild variation in colour between bales, from rust red to chocolate brown to salmon pink. I personally don’t care for the ribbon effect, but if you get the right stuff, it is nice.

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