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    scrap mahogany for testing finishes?

    Hi there! This is my first post, so apologies for the myriad of questions, and please be gentle.

    Anyone know where in Australia I might be able to find some inexpensive chunks or strips of mahogany that I could use as test pieces for a finish i'm thinking of trying? Do the regular hardware chains sell mahogany at all, like maybe in floorboard or fence picket size?

    I've bought an AIB-1Q kit, and found an article about an 'aged' mahogany finish:

    https://www.popularwoodworking.com/t...hogany-finish/

    I quite like the look of it for the back and sides of the guitar, but want to try it out first. What options would I have for clearcoat over the top of this finish? Is a clearcoat necessary, or is the wax finish enough by itself?

    For the quilt top, I'm thinking of a light application of a dark coloured dye, a -very- light sandback (i know the veneer is quite thin) and tru-oil. This seems fairly standard though, but if anyone has any tips in this regard i'd be happy to hear them.

    Thanks for listening!

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    Hello and welcome to the forum Fnaah,

    there Red are a couple of places in Canberra that might be able to help you,

    Thors Hammer https://www.thors.com.au/

    Monaro timber https://www.woodsolutions.com.au/sup.../Monaro-Timber

    from memory there’s a few guys based in Canberra that might be able to point you in the right direction, or help you out with scraps.

    Failing that, Anagote timbers in Marrickville https://anagote.com/ have a good stock in plantation Mahogany.

    best of luck with it!
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    cool, thanks

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