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Old 09-18-2019, 07:35 PM   #1
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I have some rough cut mahogany boards that were supposedly to be used to make wooden props for WW2 for use in the Pacific. The gravel runways beat up the metal props pretty fast and they were expensive.The plan was to use wooden disposable props. The wood is mahogany but as that term has become generic dose any one know what type of mahogany this might be?
It is dark reddish in color and cuts like butter. Some of the board are 2 inches thick by 8 " wide by 7 feet long. Can any one shed any light on this plan? The war ended before it could be implemented.
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Old 09-18-2019, 08:30 PM   #2
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Good question, and I'd have to do a little research to know more, but years ago I bought a bunch of bubinga from a guy who acquired his nine foot bandsaw as ww2 surplus, saying that it came from the source of the mahagony. I think it might have been the Philippines, but I'm not sure. Try to contact Gary Mayse at Mayse Woodworking in Pennsylvania and see if you can find more info. (I might try to contact him myself, but I also might forget to.)
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Old 09-19-2019, 12:43 PM   #3
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So out of curiosity I called Mayse Woodworking and found out that his band saw came from South America and was used by the Navy before being sold as surplus and shipped to the U.S. I think it's "likely" that your lumber may have originated in South America, which was a producer of "true" mahogany vs. some of the other species with mahogany in the name but which are not true mahogany, like Cuban and Philippine "mahogany". The reddish color of yours suggests that it is true mahogany. That's all just a guess and there may be no way of knowing for sure.

The length of the boards suggest that if they were used propellers it would more likely be for variable pitch props, which use a single blade individually attached to a hub rather than a two-blade propeller with the hub an integral part of the structure.
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Old 09-28-2019, 07:13 PM   #4
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Thanks for the input. That makes some sense as my friend's uncle was tasked with disposing of the inventory after it was no longer needed. That must have been state side as he could not have gotten it sent here from the Pacific. In all probability they would have been machined here and sent to their destination.
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