Philippine Mahogany Decking for furniture

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Forum topic by kairos posted 10-20-2014 01:28 PM 1273 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-20-2014 01:28 PM

My local lumber yard sells 5/4 Philippine mahogany decking for $3.29 BF, much cheaper than African or American mahogany. I’ve searched in vain to find examples of patio furniture made with this wood, and am wondering if my planning to do so is a mistake. Why does this wood seem only to be used for decking? I can’t afford ipe or teak, and this seems to be a good alternative. They also sell 4/4 Philippine mahogany not labeled decking, and it seems lighter in weight.



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#1 posted 10-21-2014 03:43 AM

Lauan, not a true mahogany, could be any of several species. Not sure about rot resistance.

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#2 posted 10-21-2014 06:55 AM

I will add that the stuff is very “splintery”.

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#3 posted 10-21-2014 07:24 AM

Try Narra that is another name for the timber

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#4 posted 10-25-2014 06:40 AM

I’ve done some work with lumber that was original sold for decking. The main problem I end up having with it is that the heavy stuff, the stuff that doesn’t float (or doesn’t float well) has a super high silica content, so dulls tools quickly. However, even at that I’m still using it for thresholds and other things that take a lot of milling…

I don’t know if what I ended up with is similar to what you’ve got, but that’s my only concern. Well, that, and that some of this stuff smells bad when you mill it, but you should be careful about breathing the dust anyway.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#5 posted 10-26-2014 05:21 PM

Thanks, everyone, especially Pickelhead and Dan. That was the sort of insight I was looking for. I don’t want to make patio furniture that is splintery and cementitious. I can see why it’s used for decks, thresholds, and such high-traffic surfaces.


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