Mahogany, Choosing Species for weight, Vetting a supplier, & Coppicing
This episode I define what is Genuine Mahogany, and talk about how to choose a species for weight and durability using technical specifications. Then I take a walk into a coppiced forest, and finally talk about questions to ask a new supplier to vet them for sustainability and legality. Great questions this week everyone!
But first, stay healthy everyone. The lumber industry and EVERY industry is being flipped upside down with the COVID-19 outbreak. These are historic times and take care of yourselves and your family.
- Doug shared the White Oak Initiative
- Greg asks what is Genuine Mahogany
- Mike wants more info on coppicing
- RJ needs help selecting a lightweight but durable species. Check out episode 5 on technical properties if you haven't yet.
- Brad needs help vetting a supplier of wood from abroad
JEREMY CONRAD says
Shannon, I have a recommendation for your tool chest wood question. In my mind it’s the perfect balance of durability, weight, and appearance. – Sassafras! It’s similar to Doug fir in Janka hardness and density, but looks nicer and doesn’t have the hard and soft growth ring differential!
JEREMY CONRAD says
Actually I’ve heard that some canoe paddle makers prefer sassafras as an idea paddle material – fairly stiff, lighter than the ash that’s often used, but less prone to denting than cedar paddles. It’s uncommon at most places, but at least here in Central Pennsylvania I have seen more than one lumber company selling it.
Absolutely, there are a lot of other similar species that if you can get them would work too. The key to the whole exercise is identifying which technical properties are important for your use case and then seeking out other species that match your criteria.
Lyle Gordon says
My first thought on the tool chest question was Eastern Red Cedar. It’s only a pound heavier than Douglas Fir but with a Janka rating of 900. Other advantages include excellent rot resistance, slightly more stability, gorgeous color, and (so long as he can find fairly clear boards) it’s awesome to work with.