African Mahogany is a pale reddish-brown color with a straight interlocking grain, and the species is about 50% harder than most Mahogany woods. This variegated grain can produce beautiful dark and light bands of color when finished. The higher the quality of the Afican Mahogany, the better it will machine and finish, so our standards are very strict regarding the lumber we buy.
Marine plywood can be graded as being compliant with BS 1088, which is a British Standard for marine plywood. There are a few international standards for grading marine plywood and most of the standards are voluntary. Some plywood is also labeled based on the wood used to manufacture it. Examples of this are Okoume or Meranti.
Okoume grows rapidly and regenerates well in clearings, which makes it very renewable. It is light pink in color with a variable interlocked grain. The grain appearance is prized, likened to that of mahogany and is often varnished for a decorative appearance. The panels are normally painted or finished bright. The species has a high strength to weight ratio which is why it is used in building racing boats and airplanes. Be sure to finish all exposed edges and sides.
Okoume marine grade plywood is considered perhaps the finest construction plywood now available for boat building. Users range from individual hobby boat builders to some of the world’s largest boat builders. Most often it is used with epoxy and fiberglass. This combination gives a structure that can be stronger and lighter than plastic or fiberglass, rivaling the performance characteristics of more advanced composites such as carbon fiber. It contains an exterior weather and boil proof glue.
Meranti plywood is produced from several species of trees in the Shorea family. The wood is similar in color and grain to Mahogany with generally a clear face with little to no knots, solid veneer core and no voids.