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Technical Tuesday Episode #444: Grand Mahogany & Why It’s A Top Wood Choice

September 22nd, 2020

How often have you heard the question: “What is the best wood for furniture?” As for wine fans, the variation might go like this: “What is the best wood for wine racks?” This isn’t a mathematical problem with just one correct answer, though. When it comes to top wood choices for wine cellar projects, there are more than just one or two to consider. But one of these top wood choices is definitely Grand Mahogany. We’ll let today’s Tech Tuesday help us in illustrating the finer points of this wood:

Project # 320212
Wood: Custom / Grand Mahogany
Bottle Capacity: 1377
Where: Greenwich, CT
Stain: Dark Walnut

Why Grand Mahogany is a top wood choiceOur client from Greenwich, CT worked with our design team on this elegant racking assembly. The wine racking units are all custom, with emphasis on variety in bottle storage styles. We like the tidy layout which really brings attention to the bold colors of the racks. You can see how clean the lines are and how well-crafted the racking assembly is. There are no awkward gaps anywhere, especially between the different racking styles:

Grand Mahogany in Dark WalnutNow let’s talk about the wood option for the project: Grand Mahogany. As a little bit of FYI, Mahogany in general is one of the most sought-after wood for furniture making. It is known for its cooperative nature and easy sanding and machining. The wood possesses a balance of density thats just hard enough but not too hard. Since it is a straight-grain wood, it is quite consistent which makes it very easy to work with. Mahogany is also often praised for its superb dimensional stability. Flat pieces will remain flat. Joints and glue-ups will remain intact. In the midst of seasonal changes in humidity, mahogany exhibits minimal shrinkage and swelling.

Exquisite racking details make Grand Mahogany a top wood optionThis brings us to Grand Mahogany as a top wood choice, in particular. Naturally, it possesses all the afore-mentioned impressive features generally found in Mahogany wood. But it’s beautiful uniform color is the cherry on top of it all. Grand Mahogany has a few slight variations that go from medium to pale pink. The hardwood has a moderately coarse grain pattern. For the most part, the grain pattern is straight but can be slightly interlocked in some cases. In terms of hardness, density, and grain texture, it can measure up to Sapele and Cherry. The latter two are also top wood choices for furniture making and wine racks. *Cheers*

Clean layout & top wood choice


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