I'm debating whether to go through the trouble of using mahogany interior
doors instead of pine. Pine is very common in this area, mahogany is not. I
have to travel about 3 hours to see the doors, but they are about the same
price as the pine.
Would there be enough difference to warrant this extra trouble. I believe
mahogany is less grainy than pine and that is a big plus. Anyone who's had
experience with both?
There are scores of woods that are called mahogany. The premium ones
fetch far more than the price of a pine door. The standard low end
hollow core prehung door is made with luan plywood veneers, and luan
is also known as Philippine mahogany.
Mahogany does have much less of a pronounced grain, and is generally
easier to finish. Pine is subject to blotching. You should pick the
doors and the finish at the same time.
Here's a site with some useful wood species information:
Mahogany is a much nicer, finer grain, takes stain and paint (but don't)
more uniformly wood. Definitely worth it. Your only problem will be
finding a compatible floor color if you are going hardwood. What you
will probably have is luan, i.e. Philippine mahogany.
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