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  1. thank you for all the advice. A family friend owns the lumber mill i go to. He also has a small trucking company that runs up and down i-95 from here in Maryland. while in Florida after hurricane Andrew (1991) and delivering ice to Miami and the keys a mahogany tree had fallen in the road on a side street. The state was going to put in the chipper and grind up he stopped the guys and for 20$ they loaded over 10 logs some 26" in width all at least 12' long onto his tractor trailer. He brought back to Maryland didn't touch for 2 years and then milled it stacked it and let cure from 1994?
  2. Hello I am a newbie when it comes to live edge coffee tables. I was able to get some magnolia wood that is 22"-24" wide 8/4 thickness(or 2" thick) and 11' long. I cut the board into 3 pieces to make coffee tables. Around 44" long all three The magnolia was milled over 25 years ago and cured by a friend that owns a sawmill. Question1. I have not planned the wood yet but there are some other smaller pieces that have been planned ans sanded. looking on the internet also the magnolia seems to be lighter colored with a yellowish tint. The grains seems to be dense and straight. It looks great
  3. I went to a local saw mill that had a 7" long 9" wide and 2" thick piece of mahogany. It has been kiln dried and cured in stacks for at least 10 years. I cut the board to 4 feet to use as a mantle piece above my gas fireplace. I used oak wood 4-6" wide 7" long as a background from floor to ceiling. about 9" used a light stain came out great. My question is what to do with the mahogany. I was thinking just sand it smooth than use a polyurethane matte on the board. I have read that mahogany is very porous and i should use wood filler, stain it than lacquer or poly it do i need to