Bought some mahogany the other day to make a chest of drawers for my
sons wedding present. R10 000 ($1540) a cube (I think that works out at
about $4.40 a bdft - if my conversions are correct)
They had just received 4 bundles of Hackberry (at R14 000 / $2150 a
Did some searching, found it is used for furniture but not much else
about it. Anybody used it? What is it like to work with and finish?
BTW are the mahogany shavings any good for smoking meat?
You can view finished hackberry on my web site. The URL is
www.hartzellwoodstock.bigstep.com Go to the cabinets page and there's
a good example of an armoir built of lumber that we left dead piled
for a while which will darken the grain. Jana
Thanks, you have some nice stuff. The hackberry looks nothing like the
raw timber in the bundels. I suppose the leaving for while before using
brings out the colors. Pricy, but what isn't these days.
BTW on a slow connection your site is a painful waiting experience. You
see the lumber, flooring, moulding bar about 30 times before anything
else start to appear.
Dead piling helps darken the grain but this is northern grown which
has more grain than southern grown anyway. I always run a sale on it
for $1.60 a bf, s2s, kiln dried. Sorry, can't go much lower. I know
the site is slow and would change it if I could.... if you have any
ideas, my email works and I'm open to suggestions and appreciate your
time. Thanks, Jana
Mark and or Juanita, Shipping depends on weight and the more you
order, the better it averages out per bf. Wish you'd have written 3
months ago because we ran our own truck to Tucson for another
delivery. If you can drop me an email with your zip code I'd be more
than happy to run the numbers and show you where the best breaks are.
If you know of other woodworkers in the area who may be interested in
lumber or any other goods we carry, I'll combine orders or whatever it
takes to get better prices on the shipping. Thanks, Jana
Africa would kill it though.
Not a web expert so sorry cannot help. It was just a comment. Our
bandwidth sucks, and we pay by the minute so miss out on a lot when it
comes to something slow. Cannot afford to wait.
In the U.S., hackberry is often the "hardwood" when cheap furniture is
advertised as "all hardwood". It's highly variable in texture, grain,
and quality. I've seen some that's very nice. I've never seen any
that's worth more than mahogany (assuming we're talking true mahogany,
not luan or other variants).
Tropicals are risky for smoking; they can be allergenic.
For the ultimate FAQ on barbecue and smoking, see this:
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