Source for 1/8" x 2" Mahogany Strips for Lamination?

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Scott R. Turner

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10-12-2013 03:24 PM

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I’m planning on building a sort of elegant Adirondack chair with bent laminations for the back rest and the seat. Does anyone know of a good US source for buying 1/8” thick, 2” wide mahogany strips for use in making the laminations? (I’m in Northern Virginia for what that’s worth.) If I have to I’ll buy mahogany lumber and resaw the laminations myself, but I was hopeful that I might avoid it if I can find a source at a reasonable price. Thanks in advance for any pointers!

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#1 posted 10-12-2013 03:32 PM

Saw it yourself. You won’t find micro-dimensioned lumber cheap.

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#2 posted 10-12-2013 03:48 PM

Agreed. If you find an inexpensive source for that and 1/4” please let us all know.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#3 posted 10-13-2013 03:15 AM

Bearpaw gave me some mahogany he got after doing some refurb work at a church. Nice pieces of various sizes. Might look into sources for old church pews and get a deal, like someone else posted making them yourself is going to be best bet.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#4 posted 10-13-2013 03:22 AM

I have pink mahogany that I can resaw from 2” wide stck that I have surplus of from a recent project what length are u looking for

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#5 posted 10-13-2013 04:02 AM

I haven’t finalized the plans yet, but I’m going to need to make 9 back slats and a matching number of seat slats. Maybe 36”-40” for the back slats and ~18” for the seat slats. My current thought is to laminate each one out of three 1/8” layers.

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#6 posted 10-13-2013 04:17 AM

Try Colonial Hardwoods. They are in NVA, not too far from Lorton.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#7 posted 10-13-2013 04:24 AM

I think bent lams are a hassle. The method offers control
from part to part at the expense of speed. The glue
can be messy.

3/8” stock can be bent on a hot pipe I have read, but I
never tried to bend anything over 3/16” that way. Some
woods can be soaked in a water/fabric softener mixture and
become pliable enough to press into a curve using
clamps and a two part form.

I like to bend with steam. Setting up to do it will cost you
about $160 for a steamer and a Veritas backing strap
and stop, but you’ll find it fun and quick for simple
bends and a good vehicle for experimenting with
bent form aesthetics.

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#8 posted 10-13-2013 04:26 AM

Umm one place comes to mind i’v bought some plywood from
This place but never any hard wood but if i needed some real thin lumber i
would buy it from DnD Woodcrafts. to me this is a good place never have
had a reson to doubt them so check them out. Their in Pennsylvania
Hope this helps you and good luck :)

-- Anthony--

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