No matter where I read articles on fine furniture, it seems mahogany(real, hondurian, south american) is the choice of most.
I had a nice load of it, although I wasnt always sure when it was sapele or mahogany sometimes when the coloring is light on the sapele.
I looked over some pieces this morning and now I can tell the two apart.
Sapele is sometimes referred to as african mahogany, but I never heard anyone say african mahogany is sapele. even though none of them are real mahogany.
So for the past few weeks Ive been searching and searching for mahogany.
Ive stopped my searching and here is the best I can do.
If I purchase 300 bf minimum(thats alot for me, but it seems this is where the decent price breaks begin at different dealers), I can get hondurian mahogany for 8.45-9.00 a bf. I can get delivery for free from the big dealer in the Bronx, NY, which is only 30 minutes away, so I can go pick my own lumber and they will deliver it next day.
Up in White plains, the other really big dealer, also will let me pick it and I havent discussed delivery options with them yet, but dont think Id need to travel further for same price when closer I get free delivery.
I can get Sapele(african mahogany) for under 5.00 a bf in 300 bf quantity, or phillipine mahogany(again, not real mahogany, but not so reddish) under 5.50 a bf.
Building a buffet or a bed runs me around 40-60 bf of primary lumber.
This is a very expensive species to build 4 pieces a year.