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    MAHOGANY

    What is the difference between African Mahogany and Genuine Mahogany? Looks like they are about the same price and looking at pictures I don't see a real difference. I'm look to use it for trim work on a wood case.

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    http://www.mahoganyoutlet.com/wood/

    Lots of good info. I like working with mahogany but, struggle with the orange tint. It is probably me because folks have taken pieces that I thought were borderline unattractive due to the color. Just goes to show you; different strokes for different folks. I now tint mahogany with a bit of blue to warm it up to my liking.
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    Thanks Glenn, that helped. I think for my purpose I want genuine. I have worked with genuine in the past and loved it. Easy to work with.
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    The furniture in my folks living room was from a movie. The movie was Lost Horizon or something similar. Anyway the furniture was very modern for its day. It was not as radical as Art Decco but it was definitely going that way from what was conventional. All of this is just leading up to the wood. The wood was "bleached Phillipine Mahogany." It had chatoyance and was knock-your-sox-off beautiful.

    I don't quite understand why they used such beautiful wood. The movie was made in the "Black and White film" era. I will look and see if any pictures of it are in Myrna's picture files. I will warn you; if I find them the quality will be poor because of the Brownie camera that took them.

    Man! This sure brought back a flood of memories.

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    african mahogany isnt a mahogany, its just referred to as mahogany family.
    go for the real deal.
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    this reminds me of a deal on mahogany that i had stumbled upon years ago. one of the guys i knew who worked at the local rocklers had known an older woodworker who was selling off his lumber supply because he felt it was time to turn in his tools. i had bought a part of the turning blanks, and he grabbed all of the boards. the woodworker in question had shipped a boatload of phillippine mahogany while he was in the army over there, and all of the pieces that we had bought, still had the standard 'army green' paint on the ends. he said that everything over there was being built of it, everything from 1 story buildings, bleachers, right down to the outhouses. he would grab the scraps, and parts that weren't quite scraps, paint the ends, and have it shipped home. funny how it works out some days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Noren View Post
    ...the woodworker in question had shipped a boatload of phillippine mahogany while he was in the army over there, and all of the pieces that we had bought, still had the standard 'army green' paint on the ends. he said that everything over there was being built of it, everything from 1 story buildings, bleachers, right down to the outhouses. he would grab the scraps, and parts that weren't quite scraps, paint the ends, and have it shipped home. funny how it works out some days.
    As recently as 1986, when I rotated back from Camp Schwab, Okinawa, all the packing boxes were made fro Philippine mahogany. I carefully disassembled those boxes and made many a project from them.

    BTW, Philippine mahogany isn't a 'true' mahogany, either. It has pretty much the same grain, and the 'pinkish' tint to it, but it's a softer, lighter (in weight) wood than the true mahogany.
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    one of the large lumber yards around an hour from me, offers african and phillipine mahogany as alternatives.
    both are priced in the same range as sapele and spanish cedar, approx 5.00 a bf.
    Hondurian mahogany runs from 8.50 and up according to width and thickness.
    Ive made chairs out of african mahogany, even though it doesnt offer the same resistance to decay as real mahogany.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim DeLaney View Post
    BTW, Philippine mahogany isn't a 'true' mahogany, either. It has pretty much the same grain, and the 'pinkish' tint to it, but it's a softer, lighter (in weight) wood than the true mahogany.
    from what i remember jim, philippine mahogany's given name is luan mahogany.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Noren View Post
    from what i remember jim, philippine mahogany's given name is luan mahogany.
    ...or just "Luaun."
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