Coming home from work last night, I noticed a really tatty sign on the
roadside saying "Hardwood sale". It was too late to call in then so I went
this morning to see what was what. It turns out that my local hardwood
dealer has gone bust and two guys have bought the rights to clear the place
out. Small van load 25 ($38), big van load 50 ($72)
After sorting it all out, my small van load came out at 186 board ft, 140
b/ft of it was african mahogany/sapele/iroko and the other 46 b/ft was
american white oak and ash. Boards are all shorts up to 7ft and up to 17"
wide. So did I do good and have I got a gloat here
I don't want to pee on your parade, but I've had ONE experience with
"African Mahogany" and that was TWO (2) too many; however,
the white oak and ash saved the deal for you.
"African Mahogany" is a total PITA to sand out and for that reason
alone, I run away from it.
IMHO, "African Mahogany" doesn't even make good pallet wood.
It certainly couldn't be used as a substitute for Honduras Mahogany
in a marine application.
I'm trying to remember the guy from the UK on this list who gave me
some useful insight into the "African Mahogany" found in the UK.
Maybe you will have better luck than I did with "African Mahogany" .
I sure hope so.
NICE. - assuming you are talking about Khaya, or Acajou
Afzelia africana, or Pod Mahogany - locally known as Doussi or Lenke -
is West African Mahogany and was used extensively for ship building in
the past and is used to make Djembe - African drums. Common in
Burkina, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Ghana, Mali, and
Khaya makes very nice furniture. Quarter cut, it is zebra striped. You
need real good SHARP tools
Sapele is also miserable to work with - it has a tight "curly" grain -
very beautiful when finished - Makes BEAUTIFUL guitars (Taylor uses
Iroko is "african teak". Very much like real teak, but not quite as
dimensionally stable. - locally known as Kambala - works easily
compared to the others, but the dust can be NASTY - and some people
even react to touching it when freshly cut.
Both sapele and kambala discolour in contact with iron - similar to
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