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I'm considering using mahogany to build my home furniture and would like to get some feedback from those who have a bit of experience with it as to the differences between the Honduran and African varieties. I've read that the African is coarser, less stable and weaker, and that it has an interlocking grain. Also, is the ribbon stripe seen only with the African. Many months ago I purchased a small sample just to experiment with. The sample had a very pronounced ribbon stripe which really turned me off. But having recently learned that the two varieties are actually different wood, I'm reconsidering it. I purchased another small sample, this time specifically making sure that it is the Honduran variety. This sample does not appear to have the same ribbon stripping. Is that just because of that particular piece of wood.
The African at this one mill is a little more than $2 less then the Honduran at another place. If the two are close enough I would go with the cheaper. I'd very much like to get others impressions of these two varieties.