09:28AM | 03/05/04
Member Since: 03/04/04
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I would like to build a mahogany bar unit and am trying to find an economical solution. Can I use plywood and stain it mahogany to save some dollars? If so, what kind of plywood should I use to avoid splotching and to get a good finish - red oak, cherry or birch? What are the typical prices for plywood?

Is it better to use solid mahogany? What is the typical price for mahogany?

Thank you.


01:56PM | 03/06/04
Member Since: 01/28/03
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Hardwood plywoods 3/4" thick typically cost upwards of $40 per 4'x 8' sheet in my region.

Solid mahogany would cost more than its weight in gold. Well, not really, but it's very expensive.

Personally, I'd rather see you save the rain forests and use a domestic hardwood stained mahogany.

Can't help beyond that.


02:44PM | 03/08/04
Member Since: 03/04/04
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Any recommendations on which hardwood would be best for a mahogany stain? I have been told that some hardwoods become splotchy after they are stained. However, I have not been able to find out which hardwood provides the best results with a mahogany stain - some say birch, others say never use birch, some say cherry.

So, what do you think? Birch? Cherry? Red Oak? Some other wood?



11:09AM | 03/09/04
Member Since: 01/28/03
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Maple is the most difficult to work with and get good non-blotchy results. I'd avoid maple unless you prefer the grain.

As to other woods, best to get some samples and stain them then make up your own mind for the effect you desire.
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