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Forum topic by steve posted 12-13-2014 12:29 AM 853 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-13-2014 12:29 AM

These are pics from a Desk I have in for repairs.
I have asked questions on the original hinges, and missing gallery. I have had great results with those questions.

My new request, is help identifying the actual species of Mahogany…it is from the late 1800’s.

I have more pics. It seems to have a slight pinkish hue. I have Genuine in the shop, but it differs in hue.

Pics attached.

-- steve/USA

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#1 posted 12-13-2014 12:31 PM

I know it sounds crazy but I can’t remember the lumber but it was a lot like Mahogany, I restored some antique Mahogany chairs and table…. I thougt gum but not…. Some of the pieces were mahogany but some others were diffrent.

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#2 posted 12-13-2014 01:41 PM

Hmmm, if we’re betting on this, my money’s on African, khaya probably, and I think were looking at part of the cabinet that’s been replaced at a much later date- is the carved bit the center panel of a door? It seems to me that you have an original panel in a later frame.

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#3 posted 12-13-2014 09:58 PM

I am pretty positive it is “some kind” of Mahogany…just not sure which species…hmmm.

As far as the desk lid (shown), it is the original, I only sanded the out lying area, the carving is a two piece glue-up, with the bread board ends.

There is a crack in the near middle of the carving along the length, it will remain untouched…I am not sanding down to bare wood on/near carving, just the top coat of finish in that area.

here’s a pic of the back, where the crack is:

-- steve/USA

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#4 posted 12-13-2014 10:00 PM

another couple of pics of the carving:

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#5 posted 12-13-2014 10:12 PM

It looks just like African mahogany to me. I was just working with some a few minutes ago, pretty much identical grain and color.

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#6 posted 12-13-2014 10:35 PM

African I’d say too

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#7 posted 12-15-2014 03:47 PM

Might want to check this out.
Philippine is normally softer and lighter than African.

Best wishes Lynn

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#8 posted 12-15-2014 04:12 PM

Looks like Philippine to me also, Lynn. Not quite as much ‘character’ as African (Khaya) IMHO.

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#9 posted 12-15-2014 06:29 PM

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#10 posted 12-16-2014 08:36 PM

Merry Christmas, and Happ…happ…HAPPY Holidays to all!!

-- steve/USA

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