I am using mahogany for the first time. Freshly sanded it has the color of
ash, but a lovely pearlescence. It is very fine grained and light weight.
Is this likely to be mahogany (which I always thought was red/purple) or
Mahogany is emphatically *not* red or purple. Much furniture made from
mahogany has unfortunately been stained to a deep red that approaches purple,
and that's what you get when you buy a stain labelled "mahogany", but that
shade bears little or no relationship to the actual color of the wood.
African mahogany is about the color of an Irish setter; Honduras mahogany is
similar, but not quite so red, more like a golden retriever.
Anything the color of ash is unlikely to be mahogany.
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I took it to the local exotic lumberyard. The owner tried to find out what
I thought it was and where I found it, but when I refused to lead him he
said he would call it "mahogany". But he defined mahogany as any of a dozen
tropical woods that look pretty much the same.
Judging by what people here have said, I am guessing it is probably African
Hey, it is a nice looking wood and I got it really cheap, so maybe it
doesn't matter what it really is.
A FWIW, when you go to finish it. Keep in mind that potassium dichromate is
often used to give the different flavors of "mahogany" that _even_ reddish
brown color ... while toxic, it really does a nice job.
You can probably Google for more info.
I have a lot of african mahogany laying about. I am currently making a
shelf woth some. It is very warpy and somewhat unstable. But very
attractive. The funny thing is it is cheaper than pine for me.
Light brown, open pores, visible grain structure (luan,not). Carves
nice, not that I am a nice carver.
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