|James rolling a sheet of Khaya Veneer in the Oakwood warehouse.|
Sometimes you can really cut a great deal on wood veneer, without even trying. Take Honduran Mahogany Veneer, for example. This wood veneer has been very hard to get for almost ten years. At Oakwood, we still sell Honduran Mahogany, but it is still quite expensive. A good substitute would be Khaya (African Mahogany, pronounced “Kah-ya.”) We call this “value engineering” because Khaya Veneer, which is often less than half the price, is easy to get – and it looks great.
I suggest that people without an unlimited budget (yes, some of those still exist) consider Khaya, especially if they intend to stain the finished piece. Call it “value engineering” or just a great deal. Whenever you get this, it just feels good!