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AL22

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05-18-2021 11:50 AM

Topic tags/keywords: plywood mahogany species matching order local project existing grain matching small project

Hi there,

I’m working on a project where the goal is to match some existing cabinetry from the 60s and 70s (some type of mahogany plywood). I will need about 3 sheets of 4’x8’ 3/4” to finish the project, but I don’t want to start ordering sheets without seeing them in person to ensure a good consistent match.

1) I’m finding that this type of plywood is not easily found locally (las vegas, nv).
2) It’s not a quantity that some are willing to consider
3) No places carry samples or have showrooms that I can drop by

Any thoughts on tackling this problem? I’d like to avoid buying my own veneer, but it might be an option considering I can get samples of veneer or order smaller amounts for comparison before buying enough to complete the project.

I’ll also be ordering some hardwood for edgebanding, which has similar considerations though ordering small amounts is far more doable.

Thanks.


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#1 posted 05-18-2021 01:19 PM

Have you tried Petermans, Rugby, Mckillicans??
Do you have any pictures of what you’re looking for?

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#2 posted 05-18-2021 03:53 PM

Hardwood dealers carry wide varieties of plywoods with different species (and saw cuts) of veneers.
Unless these cabinets are more “high-end” chances are the plywood used is really Lauan. Economical and has a grain very much like plain mahogany. Commonly used for door skins and available in thin sheets (1/8”). I have used this in the past laminated to 1/2” plywood when I wanted an inexpensive plywood panel that looked expensive. You can typically find this stuff at the big-box stores.

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#3 posted 05-18-2021 03:57 PM

Probably best bet is make the 2 hour drive to LA

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#4 posted 05-18-2021 04:08 PM



Probably best bet is make the 2 hour drive to LA

- SMP


How are you going to load plywood on a Bugatti?

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metolius

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#5 posted 05-18-2021 04:10 PM

could keep your eye on craigslist for furniture and cabinetry from the 60s/70s to repurpose

-- derek / oregon

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#6 posted 05-18-2021 07:57 PM


Have you tried Petermans, Rugby, Mckillicans??
Do you have any pictures of what you re looking for?

- LeeRoyMan

I’m headed to Petermans and Rugby later today actually. Though I’m fairly certain I’m gonna find MDF core at Rugby (not gonna work for this project). Fingers crossed for Peterman’s.

I guess something I had to get over was a lot of these dealers had “wholesale only” written all over them, and with my order of 5 or 6 sheets I thought that was a threshold I couldn’t cross. Lesson learned…no order to big or small for some of these dealers.

Here are some pics of closeup detail.

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#7 posted 05-18-2021 09:20 PM

Thats Walnut, not Mahogany.

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

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#8 posted 05-18-2021 09:28 PM


Thats Walnut, not Mahogany.

- Tony_S

I thought it was walnut as well, but in the cabinetry blueprints it mentions mahogany, and compared to other real walnut elements in the house it would seem there is a difference. I could be wrong though as I’m no expert.

It’s a thoughtfully detailed house designed by a pretty interesting architect so I would assume if mahogany was mentioned then mahogany was used. Assumptions though…

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#9 posted 05-18-2021 09:41 PM

I can’t tell what the frames are, but the doors remind me of doors from the late 70’s.
Hollow core with an ash frame and a honeycomb filler, then an 1/8” ash skin slapped on both sides.

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#10 posted 05-18-2021 11:04 PM

Post a couple more clear pics of the doors.Full sized doors, not close ups.
I’m damn near 100% on the Walnut though(99.5%).

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

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#11 posted 05-18-2021 11:38 PM



(99.5%).

- Tony_S


So….You don’t know?
:)

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#12 posted 05-19-2021 12:30 AM

Scratch on it, both ply and frame. See what color the wood under the finish actually is. If it is dark brown it’s probably walnut, lighter brown or reddish, then mahogany, light, probably ash. Frames and ply are probably different. Jim

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#13 posted 05-19-2021 10:34 AM


(99.5%).

- Tony_S

So….You don t know?
:)

- LeeRoyMan


After sleeping on it and looking again this morning….add .5%
100% Black Walnut.
Still like to see more pictures though.

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

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#14 posted 05-19-2021 11:42 AM

+1 for Walnut. I’ve worked with a lot of Mahogany and that ain’t it.

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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#15 posted 05-19-2021 01:45 PM

Yeah black walnut. But black walnut lightens up over time so new will be quite a bit darker than your cabinets.. Especially now that they usually steam it to “even” the colors. May experiment with oxalis acid on some scrap.

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