Who knows about Mahogany?

  • Advertise with us

« back to Wood & Lumber forum

Forum topic by gdpeps posted 07-06-2018 03:17 AM 858 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View gdpeps's profile


1 post in 769 days

07-06-2018 03:17 AM

Was able to score a cheap bundle of some beautiful hardwood that was billed as Mahogany. Hoping for some help verifying.

12 replies so far

View ColonelTravis's profile


1976 posts in 2703 days

#1 posted 07-06-2018 03:41 AM

I’m no expert but I’ve never seen that many knots in mahogany.
Nice boards, nonetheless.

View Andre's profile


3641 posts in 2615 days

#2 posted 07-06-2018 04:06 AM

Well if it’s not brown “Alder” maybe Walnut?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

View Woodknack's profile


13442 posts in 3189 days

#3 posted 07-06-2018 06:32 AM

Yeah, it isn’t mahogany. Top pic looks closer to walnut but bottom 2 pics have a reddish tinge. Walnut is a cool brown. I don’t think it’s walnut. How hard/heavy is it? I hope you got it cheap.

-- Rick M,

View Tony_S's profile


1336 posts in 3892 days

#4 posted 07-06-2018 09:33 AM


-- “Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.” – Plato

View JCamp's profile


1211 posts in 1359 days

#5 posted 07-06-2018 11:39 AM

I’d say walnut as well

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

View EarlS's profile


3785 posts in 3157 days

#6 posted 07-06-2018 11:43 AM

I’m with the walnut crowd. Even though it isn’t mahogany, walnut isn’t cheap either. Looks like some nice figuring and color.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

View CaptainKlutz's profile


3374 posts in 2303 days

#7 posted 07-06-2018 11:48 AM

Does not look like any mahogany wood I have ever used?

Read the mahogany article on wood database?

Between the grey/purple tones of top pics, knots everywhere, and lack of difference between heart and sap wood; reminds me of steamed/kiln dried #2 common Walnut?

-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967

View johnstoneb's profile


3147 posts in 2982 days

#8 posted 07-06-2018 11:53 AM


-- Bruce, Boise, ID

View gargey's profile


1013 posts in 1584 days

#9 posted 07-06-2018 12:17 PM

I agree. That’s what’s left after a stack of #2 common walnut is picked over.

View knotheadswoodshed's profile


225 posts in 2981 days

#10 posted 07-06-2018 12:56 PM

definitely walnut

-- Randy - "I dont make mistakes, I make design change opportunities"

View PPK's profile


1768 posts in 1618 days

#11 posted 07-06-2018 03:08 PM

definitely walnut

- knotheadswoodshed

+10 or wherever we are for the walnut count

-- Pete

View TungOil's profile


1382 posts in 1304 days

#12 posted 07-06-2018 04:43 PM

One way to tell if it is mahogany is to look at a quartersawn edge. It should display a distinct ribbon stripe pattern if it’s mahogany.

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics