Help identifying this Mahogany species

  • Advertise with us

« back to Wood & Lumber forum

Forum topic by steve posted 12-13-2014 12:29 AM 789 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View steve's profile


363 posts in 1415 days

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

10 replies so far

View Gshepherd's profile


1727 posts in 1623 days

#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.

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

View bobro's profile


308 posts in 732 days

#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.

-- Lao Ma: You are so full of anger and hatred. Xena: Everybody's gotta be full of something.

View steve's profile


363 posts in 1415 days

#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

View steve's profile


363 posts in 1415 days

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

another couple of pics of the carving:

-- steve/USA

View bobasaurus's profile


2587 posts in 2606 days

#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.

-- Allen, Colorado

View Aodskate's profile


22 posts in 739 days

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

African I’d say too

View levan's profile


472 posts in 2401 days

#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

-- "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right". Henry Ford

View twobyfour16's profile


69 posts in 2906 days

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

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

-- Allan, Portland, OR

View Rick M.'s profile

Rick M.

7713 posts in 1802 days

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

View steve's profile


363 posts in 1415 days

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

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

-- steve/USA

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics