Sapele, Sipo, Khaya vs Genuine Mahogany

macchips4

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Looking to build a block front chest with carved shells so I Visited the hardwood dealer today and the choices were very limited on Genuine mahogany.
They had plenty of Sapele and Sipo. the yardman suggested to use Sipo because it is closer in grain/color to Gen. Mahogany......Another yard had some Khaya...So I thought I would ask the group for their experiences...........has anyone used Sipo? If so are you happy with the results?
How does it work/carve? would it be a good substitute for Genuine Mahogany?
The supplier might be getting Gen. Mahogany in about 3-4 months....
 

chobbs66

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Mac, I'd go with the real stuff although if I'm honest I can't tell the difference many times. I know that Khaya can be tough due to it's switchback and interlocking grain, although it looks great with filled finish. Where are you located? Might give Irion a call I'm sure Myron could take care of you.
 

macchips4

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Mac, I'd go with the real stuff although if I'm honest I can't tell the difference many times. I know that Khaya can be tough due to it's switchback and interlocking grain, although it looks great with filled finish. Where are you located? Might give Irion a call I'm sure Myron could take care of you.
Thanks for the reply, The dealer usually has plenty of Gen. Mahogany on hand just caught him at a low point...Honestly it will be a while to" clean off the bench" and start on the block front. I'm in NY and have made the trip to Irion...what a candy store!....What started the wheels turning about the Sipo is it's less than half the price at about 7.50BF. and looks alot like GM...I might just get a piece and try carving the shells and see how it goes ......The nice thing is the dealer had quite a few 22-24" wide 12ft long 5/4 boards....at close to that price!.......:cool:....Joe
 

jdavis

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Mac, I over bought Gen. Mahogany over 20 years ago and have more than I'll ever use near DC. I also have excess 8/4 GM stored in East TN.

I made a couple of blockfront desk and bookcases years ago. I couldn't believe the final weight of the desk. You might want to estimate the weight as you make your decision.
 
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