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Dave Kall

In the old days you would find Mahogany on places like the caprails. I wouldn't do it now, even if it was free. Teak is much easier to work, so your time to work Mahogaony is more. Mahogany isn't hard but even carbide bits will burn the wood requireing more sanding. Tool marks show much more requiring more sanding and you must keep varnish on it and if any of the varnish breaks through; SAND like hell to get back to the pretty wood. As for varnish, with the open grain of Mahogony you'll initially use a lot more (requiring oddly more time). The only two good things about Mahogony are 1) it's cheaper and 2) caulking will more than likely hold better to it. I would say the looks are about equal for a finished product.

When we redid our caprails I epoxy sealed the undersides so they would caulk better with out the oil effecting the adheasion.

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