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A friend loaded up some extra restaurant redecoration mahogany left to be chipped into mulch at a recycle center. There was enough to make a media cabinet & screen stand, and I still have enough to make an end table. I'd like to make the end table with an inserted parquet top using two different types of wood cut into rectangles to get a basket weave look (basically, parquet surrounded by mahogany). The parquet will be a bit more than one square foot of the top. I do not want the pattern to jump out, I like subtle. Can any of you suggest fine grained woods that might be compatible with the mahogany end table? WJPowers
 

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Sapele and sipo are often used as mahogany replacements, but given the variability of wood you can get a huge variety among mahogany/sapele/sipo (for that matter, you can get a lot of variety within just one type). there are three major different types of true/genuine mahogany (depending somewhat on how those words are being used at the moment), Honduran, Cuban, and African. Then there are the "replacements" from the same family, including sapele and sipo. My site has a ton more information.
 
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