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Old 07-16-2012, 10:31 PM   #1
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Mahogany plywood

Does anyone have a reliable source for 3/8" mahogany plywood? I am going to rebuild all of my cabinets using the existing (and de-laminating) cabinets as templates.

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Old 07-16-2012, 10:46 PM   #2
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Old 07-17-2012, 04:06 AM   #3
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I purchase plywood from Boulter. If they don't have what you are looking for....

They can ship anywhere too. I am not that far away so I am not sure what the cost of shipping might be if you live further.
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Old 07-17-2012, 04:35 AM   #4
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Chris one alternative you might consider if you can't find mahogany ply is luann. When I rebuilt our cabinets I used luann with solid mahogany framing. With a light coat of stain it is hard to tell that it isn't mahogany.
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Old 08-23-2012, 07:44 PM   #5
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I used veneer from Exotic Wood Veneer, Vacuum Press Systems , Veneering Tools and Veneering Supplies.
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Old 08-23-2012, 09:07 PM   #6
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Seeing that you are located in Woodside, CA, try checking with McBeath Hardwood. They have three locations in the Bay Area. If you can transport sheets of plywood, Hardwood Resources in Martinez, CA has always helped me order anything they do not have in stock.

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Old 08-23-2012, 09:15 PM   #7
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My local lumber yard in Austin carries Mahogany Plywood ( African Khaya like original ) 1/4" & 3/4" .. Rotary cut not ribbon like original panels..

I tried 1/2" Aquatek Meranti Marine plywood ( similar to luan ) it looks dead compared to the nice grain of Mahog/Khaya..

I'll probably end up re-veneering doors/overheads that I used Marine ply on ...
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Old 08-23-2012, 10:46 PM   #8
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google okoume plywood.
It's the stuff I build my kayaks from. no voids , good stuff.
I've made online purchases and ordered it locally from Aura Hardwoods, I think they have a location in stockton.The good stuff has not changed in the past 20 years, other than the price.I did run into some -yup-chinese stuff last year. $hitty looking stuff, knots ,thin outer veneer,
i usually order 10 sheets at a time to spread out the shipping.
ever thought about staining some baltic birch? you might be surprised!!
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Old 10-09-2012, 02:25 PM   #9
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Luan can be beautiful. The famous Chriscraft boats of the 50's were made with this and they called it Mahogany. It takes stain well and is easy to work with.
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Old 10-09-2012, 03:11 PM   #10
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There's nothing like real honduran or cuban mahogany, and there's nothing like the PRICE of it either. If you really want the real thing you would probably have to go to Exotic Hardwoods and Veneers in Oakland and have them lay up sheets for you. Exotic Hardwoods & Veneers
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