Any experience with Red Grandis?

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Forum topic by JZS posted 12-17-2013 08:40 PM 3029 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-17-2013 08:40 PM

Topic tags/keywords: red grandis mahogany substitute

I heard about a wood called Red Grandis and was wondering if anyone has experience with it? I’ve read that it comes really close as a true substitute for mahogany but would be more comfortable hearing experience of others before making a purchase. Prices are very reasonable too. Almost sounds too good to be true? I found the following description on a web site that I found on Google:

Red Grandis (Eucalyptus Grandis) is a fast-growing, sustainable hardwood that offers an ecological alternative to tropical hardwoods. Versatile and strong, this beautiful hardwood is 100% pure FSC-certified and can be used for a full range of interior and exterior applications. Exceptional characteristics include uniform color, texture, weight and machinability. Available consistently, year-round from a family-owned forestry supplier, Red Grandis offers a real alternative to mahogany and other tropical hardwoods that have serious social and environmental liabilities.

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#1 posted 12-17-2013 08:46 PM

I’m interested in trying this out for a blanket chest project I am hoping to build in the near future. My hunch is that the fast growth would mean it a relatively soft wood. Prices i’ve seen for it at Northland Forest Products seem reasonable.

On the bright side, I’ve had promising signs that eucalyptus can look nice. My wife and i recently put in eucalyptus flooring in our house, and have been very happy with the end result. The wood is fast growing (hence soft), but is processed like bamboo (compressed) to form the planks. The installer was impressed with the hardness of the floor after dragging our loaded fridge over the floor to set it in place.

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#2 posted 12-17-2013 08:49 PM

Think I met that guy once in high school, but not sure…


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#3 posted 12-17-2013 10:28 PM

Sounds like a name dreamed up by a PR guy…..”Lyptus” is sometimes sold as a “mahogany”, but it’s not even in the same genus as genuine Mahogany….In the Bay Area Eucalyptus trees are a fire hazard and grow like weeds. Australia has a bunch of Eucalyptus species that they use regularly. Jarrah is probably the best known.

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#4 posted 12-18-2013 03:25 AM

Here it is growing in Brazil.

Here is a pic of some products made from it (taken in Brazil)

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