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06:14AM | 03/19/03
Member Since: 03/18/03
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I would like to purchase 4' x 8' plywood veneer sheets of luan mahogany 3/8" or 1/2" in thickness but have been having trouble finding any in the Toronto, Ontario area. Can anyone provide me with a source? This would be for below grade installation in a dry basement, with the sheets being cut into panels and applied to drywall covered concrete walls.

I have also heard that after a few years this type of wood can start to give off offensive odours. I don't know if that is from off gassings or a breakdown of the glue in the presswood interior of the plywood. Does anyone have information on this?

Many thanks,



05:59PM | 03/19/03
Member Since: 11/06/02
1278 lifetime posts
I can't help you with a source. If you have to order from anyone other than locally, it will probably cost you quite a bit.

Most Laun plywood is not true mahogany, but is a Phillipine wood that looks and behaves similarly to Honduran Mahogany. The occasional smell is from the natural substances in the wood but if you will be sealing it with a clear coat or paint, it should not be a problem.

Now, if you are painting it, there are a number of other plywood products that will work for a simulated raised panel on walls, if that is your useage. Check into MDF or MDO or Baltic Birch.


05:48AM | 03/20/03
Member Since: 12/27/02
543 lifetime posts
Up in T.O. if memory serves it was just called mahogany.. what are you going to be doing with it?

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