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September 30, 2014

Turn lauan into mahogany

Turn lauan into mahogany

Why lauan? From hollow-core doors to furniture, lauan (also called Philippine mahogany) has long been substituted for more expensive Honduran mahogany because it has similar color and grain pattern. Lauan can have a slight gray cast relative to reddish Honduran mahogany.

Making the switch: Using a 50-50 mix of natural antique cherry dye (Lockwood #911) for reddish tones and golden amber maple dye (Lockwood #144) yields a near-perfect color match without highlighting the pores of the wood. This sample of Honduran mahogany received a slight coat of Danish oil to bring out the grain without accenting the pores, while the lauan was only dyed.

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