Monday, March 8, 2010

Mahogany story

After waiting 9 weeks, I got a reply back from the USDA Forrest Service on the type of mahogany I looked at in my mechanic's shed this winter. It is of the Swietenia family, a genuine Mahogany, like Honduras Mahogany. It does not come like a big surprise, as the grain pattern and color was much darker than Philippine Mahogany.

However, ML Condon Lumber in Stormville got in 4 bundles of 16/4 Philippine last weeks. As far as I know, this is the first time this has been available in the last 10+ years. So, I was there today to pick out my 16" wide by 15' long piece for my coverings boards.

It feels good to get the correct wood specie used original, though, I think the wood had a much deeper red color 70+ years ago. I guess it won't matter that much since it will be stained with a Walnut color.

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