What a waste of Cuban Mahogany!!!
But to answer the original question, mahogany is one of those wonderful
exterior woods that needs very little in the way of protection. Watco
exterior oil would be about all you would need.
Not in recent years. Mahogany is simply too rare and expensive
(outside Belize). It would certainly work though.
Here in the UK, the likely timber would be "mahogany", but this would
be African and no real relation to true mahoganies. For coarse work
Meranti would be the likely choice, but this has a coarse surface
texture and is prone to splinters. For fine work I'd be looking at
In New Zealand I wouldn't know what to recommend. One of the
Australian posters might have better ideas.
Wooden boats contain a lot of mahogany because of it's beauty and
durability. Various marine varnishes are available to obtain the color
that you desire from Interlux Marine Finishes. One of the best looking is
named "Chris-Craft Red Mahogany". Depending on how much you are willing to
invest there are a lot of marine varnished to protect the mahogany from the
suns UV rays and the weather.
Much less expensive yet containing similar properties is Min-Wax Helmsman.
As Andy suggested I would also recommend Ipe, also known as Pao Lope.
Sold as long decking boards commonly by the linear foot in precut sizes,
come in exact thicknesses of 3/4" and 1" x 5-1/2". I can get it for $2.70
L/f and other places farther away have it for $2. It should be available at
any decent lumber yard.
Ipe is extremely durable to weather, I have seen 25 years mentioned online,
it's also extremely hard and tight grained, dark.
One could laminate two ripped halves together using wood epoxy to make
a decent hand rail, maybe route the edges for roundness. However, the epoxy
to buy would be a research area for you.
Ditto greenheart. Never used it myself but I recall reading some years
ago about some greenheart pilings that were removed from the
Thames...they had been there some 200 years and were still good.
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I did a couple hundred feet of exterior railing for a restaurant out of
Honduran mahogany (as per architect specs). This was about two years ago.
Saw it the other day and it still looks good. They use a light coat of
Sikkens every 6 months. It is a lot easier maintenance than a clear coat
such as polyurethane. Mahogany is one of the best exterior woods, but it is
expensive and some species are rare and endangered. I didn't want to use
it, but the architect required it.
Spanish Cedar would be a good choice if available..
Since it's not spanish nor cedar but a member of the
mahogany family. Boating guys use a fair amount of
this as well as box and humidor builders.
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