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Old 07-09-2010, 11:29 AM   #1
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"phillipine" mahogany - help with species

hey there,
i have a lead on some very cheap 2X4 "phillipine" mahogany - 1.75" thick X3.5.

i've previously used the "dark red meranti" 2X4 for porch railings and spindle turnings.

a quick google search seems to indicate that "phillipine" mahogany is basically not mahogany at all, and not comparable in quality to meranti or mahogany.

at $1/LF, though, it seems like a steal.

i'm just wondering is this stuff at all rot resistant - at least as much as meranti?
would it turn on the lathe as well?

the seller says it's not as red as meranti. i haven't seen it in person yet.

any insight would be appreciated.



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Old 07-09-2010, 02:04 PM   #2
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You are correct, Phillippine mahogany is not a species of mahogany, and has none of the characteristics normally associated with mahogany. It is soft, not especially water resistant, and not particularly strong. In general, not suited for outdoor use when exposed to the elements. It is typically used in cheap plywood. I have used it in the form of plywood for drawer bottoms.


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Isn't it the top layer in Luan plywood?
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Old 07-10-2010, 06:04 PM   #4
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Right on,Jim--Luan---soft---no rot resistance.
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Old 07-16-2010, 09:23 PM   #5
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You have it, there is no such thing as Phillipine mahogany, it is meranti, and has none of the durability of true mahogany, which is predominately from Honduras, or the much less commmon African species. Nothing but a marketing gimmick..it has a similiar color and open grain pattern, so lets give it a creative market name for the unsuspecting buyers.
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