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#1 Chrisc

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Posted 14 January 2020 - 12:31 PM

Unfortunately I have exhausted my stocks of second hand mahogany op-shop bed heads that I use for various little projects.
I see on TradeMe some timber called Fijian Mahogany. Has anybody used it? Is it any good? Does it look like real mahogany. Is it in fact real mahogany?
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Posted 14 January 2020 - 06:01 PM

I havent used it but "real" mahogany hasnt been freely available for decades. It comes from South America. Most of what we call mahogany is actually African sapele. Its very close in appearance but I think the Honduran is more rot resistant and easier to work etc. Go to Rosenfelds for rough sawn boards


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Posted 14 January 2020 - 07:15 PM

Thank you, and that's interesting. The fijian mahogany is advertised as a species originating from South America. Will check it out when in Auckland next week - and also the op-shops for old bedheads.
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Posted 14 January 2020 - 07:16 PM

Thank you, and that's interesting. The fijian mahogany is advertised as a species originating from South America. Will check it out when in Auckland next week - and also the op-shops for old bedheads.
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Posted 21 January 2020 - 12:33 PM

Have tried demolition places??Jacobs demolition sell old totara,rimu, floorboards etc might have mahogany??


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Posted 22 January 2020 - 08:10 PM

Thanks harrytom. Will check them out. Recently I have acquired a very beaten up little mahogany table that will provide an amount of usable timber. Whangamata never fails to amaze with what comes to light out of people's garages, sheds, stowed up in the rafters etc when you put the word out about what you want.
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Posted 23 January 2020 - 03:26 AM

I was going to suggest tables after the bed heads had run out :-)  after that get into the mid century Danske Mobler chairs.

Wasn't it Nathanael Hereshoff who cynically said that Mahogany was anything red  called Mahogany ?

They are still harvesting Central American Mahogany it needs to seasoning  though :-) https://www.youtube....h?v=aReJkSwqd6Q


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