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I am planning on an entertainment center which I thought would be cool in this "Sheesham" wood that I saw on a couple of peices from the store "World Market" (Kind of a Pier 1-ish place with a lot of cool food stuffs and beverages from around the world). The pieces I saw there were a very hefty kitchen table, a smaller hall table and a chair. The pices were not all that expensive.
A little research will show that "Sheesham" wood is one of the following: Dalbergia sissoo, Dalbergia latifolia, Indian Rosewood, East Indian Rosewood, etc - depending on what website you read. I've checked out my hard-wood supplier, Colonial H.Woods in N. Virginia, and all their "rosewoods" are REALLY expensive. For the 4X7 kitchen table I saw, the raw materials alone should cost hundreds, but the piece was like $150-200 tops. My question is two-fold: Is this piece mis-labled for markenting purposes? More importantly, is there a wood out there that is cheaper but that will offer the effect of rosewood?
I'm going to try to include a picture of another piece, a box, that seems to be what I'm after, though I don't know what this wood is supposed to be. Maybe they just sell these pieces from India cheap because labor is so cheap over there, but you'd think they would sell the wood for what it's worth and make more money that way. Any help is appreciated...