Antique Reproduction Mahogany Furniture
Mahogany has a generally straight grain and is usually free of voids and pockets. Its reddish-brown color darkens over time, and displays a reddish sheen when polished. It has excellent workability, and is very durable. Historically, the tree's girth allowed for wide boards from traditional mahogany species. These properties make it a favorable wood for crafting cabinets and furniture. Although the original true mahogany trees were exclusive to the Americas, today we use plantation mahogany which is grown harvested throughout Asia.
We use two 'cuts' of mahogany when producing our mahogany reproduction furniture. The first is referred to as 'crown' cut mahogany and is taken from the main part of the tree. This type of wood is very uniform and exhibits a tight and mostly straight grain with very few imperfections, perfect for furniture construction and ideal for use as a veneer when a contrast to the more heavily patterned cuts is required. The next and decorative wood is 'curl' cut. This beautiful wood is sometimes referred to as flame mahogany or burl mahogany and is available only from certain parts of the tree. Due to the heavy pattern, imperfect nature and high value of this wood, it is exclusively used as a veneer to decorate exterior panels of fine furniture such as tops, doors and drawer fronts.
Crown cut and curl mahogany with an inlaid boxwood line and crossbanded edge:
A particularly fine feature of our mahogany reproduction furniture is the use of inlays. You will see from our range that we use the wonderful 'curl' mahogany to decorate the exterior panles, but to add further interest we also use a technique called cross banding. This uses decorative curl mahogany as the centre panel with a contrasting border made with the straighter crown mahogany. These two woods are separated using a boxwood inlaid line, a method which requires great experience and skill to perform neatly. Once the veneers are laid and pressed the whole panel is sanded by hand to ensure the levels of all three woods are even. The panels are assembled by a skilled craftsmen and once all quality is checked the finished item of furniture is then ready for the polishing stage.
In it's natural state our mahogany reproduction furniture (or know in the trade as 'in the white'), is a white to pinkish brown colour which (as of yet!) is not a popular colour for furniture. As well as determining the final colour and shade of the furniture, our polishing process provides a barrier which protects the furniture from moderate wear and acts to keep moisture and changes in temperature from affecting the wood.
A mahogany chest of drawers prior to polishing:
We offer two different finishes on our mahogany furniture:
Standard - Items are finished in house using our own blend of stains, fillers, sealers and lacquers to produce a flawless smooth satin finish. This type of finish enhances the natural grain of the wood and has good wear resistant properties. No subsequent maintenance is required such as polishing or waxing - just a dust and a periodic clean!
Antique - Items are finished in house using our unique antique effect polish. This is a labour intensive job but produces a realistic aged effect with light distressing (marked but not damaged) that really suits this type of furniture, especially with the lighter shades of each wood. The final process is performed by hand to further compliment that 'anitique' look and feel. Maintenance free finish with excellent longevity.
This finish costs slightly more than our standard finish but if it is something that may appeal to you then you will be not be dissapointed!
Most items within our catalogue can be produced in this wonderful mahogany wood. So whether you are looking for a bespoke mahogany coffee table, a reproduction mahogany desk or a full mahogany dining room set, visit our mahogany reproduction furniture section to view the whole range.