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Blog entry by Karson posted 05-11-2010 03:22 AM 2507 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made a trip to my favorite wood supplier. The reason that he’s my favorite is that all of the wood I get is free. I get the scraps, cutoffs, splits etc from his door and window making process.

I’ve been collecting Honduras Mahogany in my latest trips. Today one of the pieces had a name on it 6/4 Acajou. That was new to me and in my research is also called Honduras Mahogany some places call it just Genuine Mahogany. Over the last month I’ve probably picked up about 300 BD FT. I went looking for a price on this wood and found some places selling it for $15.50 BD Ft in thicker materials. Some of the pieces I got are 12/4 thick other has been surfaced to 1”.

They told me the other day that they were getting in a new species and needed a place to store cutoffs. So I helped them by cleaning out a storage compartment with about 250 BD Ft of Sapele, and when I was there today they said that they needed to clean out another compartment, so I may get more of the same. Most of the Sapele is under 2” in the largest dimension.

The new species that they got is Utile also called Sipo. It looks very similar to Sapele and that is why they need separate compartments – SO they can keep the scrap identified. I found some places selling Utile at 6.75 a bd ft and Sapele at 7.50 a bd ft so I guess it is a little cheaper. But it seem to be a more stable product when used in doors and windows. Both of them come from Africa.

The wood is donated to the Mason Dixon Woodworkers for our toy making projects. We are able to use up all of these small pieces.

I currently making 130 runabout cars out of the mahogany. I’m using Sapele trim radiators, seats, tool box. I’ll probably make about 10 sapele cars with mahogany trim on them. Don our charity outreach chairman and toy shop director is making 150 Sapele stake body trucks. We last made them out of Cherry and were a big hit with the kids, and even the adults that saw them.

The stake body truck is in the lower part of the picture.

We plan on giving some of these special toys to our contributors for our appreciation of their support.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#1 posted 05-11-2010 03:27 AM

Nice find Karson and a good cause. I’m glad you don’t have to make pens out of 600 bd/ft. You’d be working OT for a long time ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 05-11-2010 03:36 AM

That should enough for a lot of toys good find Karson

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#3 posted 05-11-2010 03:44 AM

Hey buddy;

Good score, but then you certainly deserve it.


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#4 posted 05-11-2010 03:49 AM

that’s some beautiful lumber and I’m sure a pleasure to work with … King of the Hardwoods

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#5 posted 05-11-2010 04:14 AM

very interesting, and as usual – remarkable wood finds…

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#6 posted 05-11-2010 04:19 AM

Man, that’s a lot of nice wood!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 05-11-2010 05:43 AM

nice looking stuff.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#8 posted 05-11-2010 06:00 AM

its always a pleasure to work with good quality wood…you’ve made a good friend with your wood supplier…they deserve a pat on the back for sure…keep up the good work karson…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#9 posted 05-11-2010 06:25 AM

What a great score and a deserving recipient as those toys are pretty wonderful!

I’ve used Sapele for cane shafts, as it’s strong and not too heavy and has a chatoyance that’s quite attractive. Haven’t you seen the Jaguar automobile commercials braging they have Sapele accent interiors?

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#10 posted 05-11-2010 08:58 AM

Woo! That pile makes my heart skip a little bit. I’m really happy for you, and okay, a bit jealous ;) Thanks for all your charity work, too. That also does good things for my heart.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#11 posted 05-11-2010 12:02 PM

Great pile of wood there Karson. I love the work on the toys.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#12 posted 05-11-2010 01:39 PM

Great feel good story Karson, the stash of wood is of remarkable quality.

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#13 posted 05-11-2010 03:07 PM

Honduras Mahogany and Sapele are wonderful to work with. That’s a nice haul.
Glad you can put it to good use.

-- Gary, Florida

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#14 posted 05-11-2010 05:19 PM

Good find! What a wonderful cause.

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#15 posted 05-11-2010 06:22 PM


Great Score!! You are going to have to build an extension on your shop- just to store all this great wood!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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