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Thanks all, that good to know.. Phinds, i googled Swietenia mahagoni and found this (below)- looks very similar. I don't know what the strange banding is (as thought the grain flows one way then the other in regular straight bands).. is this natural or made up of several pieces of wood?

Anyway, this banding seems the most striking similarity with my mahogany



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Tom
 

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Thanks all, that good to know.. Phinds, i googled Swietenia mahagoni and found this (below)- looks very similar. I don't know what the strange banding is (as thought the grain flows one way then the other in regular straight bands).. is this natural or made up of several pieces of wood?

Anyway, this banding seems the most striking similarity with my mahogany
What you refer to as banding is just the grain pattern. Grain running left to right and also out of the board. The nature of the species. Causes tearout if tools are not sharp and the person attempts to plane off too much in a single pass.
 

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What you refer to as banding is just the grain pattern. Grain running left to right and also out of the board. The nature of the species. Causes tearout if tools are not sharp and the person attempts to plane off too much in a single pass.

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Definitely African Mahogany, also called Sweetenia.
You've got your woods mixed up. Sweetenia is just a misspelling of the genus (Swietenia) for genuine mahogany which is what the rest of us think this is. African mahogany is a semi-related (same family but not genus) wood Khaya spp.
 
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