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Re: Which mahogany?

Posted By: Michael Richwine <woodwiz@birch.net> (dialup1-118.birch.net)
Date: 11/27/3 14:35

In Response To: Which mahogany? (Charlie)

If it's an old Duncan Phyfe table from the late 30's or 40's, it's almost certainly African mahogany. That ribbon stripe is a giveaway.

It's not going to stain up very well with consumer products. The grain needs to be filled, it needs to be dye stained, filled, stained with a pigmented stain, probably glazed, and lacquered if you want to get a very good match to the old finish. If you don't have access to those techniques, about all you can do is find a stain that's close, and finish it with whatever you're comfortable with.

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