Finishing Mahogany: 3 Tips for Beautiful Color in Your Woodworking Projects

Finishing Mahogany: 3 Tips for Beautiful Color in Your Woodworking Projects

UPDATE 1/23/2018
We’ve got a newer mahogany finishing video you should check out:

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Genuine mahogany is fortunately a beautiful wood that’s very easy to work with and rather easy to finish. But there are a few things you can do when finishing mahogany for your projects to make it look its absolute best. In this video we cover 3 things: how to fill the grain to achieve a good smooth top coat, how to stain the wood, and how to use dye, filler, and stain to get a deep red antique mahogany color. There’s a lot of information in this short video, so post your questions if you’d like.


  1. Kalea Canizares on May 27, 2023 at 11:35 am

    shop plan woodworking by step woodworking project student .

  2. Jonjon Dalogdog Vlog on May 27, 2023 at 11:36 am

    wow nice work sir its pretty good 😊

  3. David Doe on May 27, 2023 at 11:36 am

    Great information! Well done videos, beautiful finishing ideas! My comment, would be to see more readily available woods for Canadian customers. I’ve heard of beech, and popular, but have never seen in our specialty stores. My question would be which artists do your music? I love the selection in the background!!

  4. Any A on May 27, 2023 at 11:37 am

    Thank you

  5. david burns on May 27, 2023 at 11:38 am

    at this point this poor guy doesn’t realize he is going to lose so much hair?

  6. Nspinicelli on May 27, 2023 at 11:38 am

    You should have included Potassium Dichromate, which reacts naturally with the tannins. Gorgeous results.

  7. ENFJ-T on May 27, 2023 at 11:38 am

    Wow…Thank you so much i learned a lot …

  8. Lee on May 27, 2023 at 11:39 am

    Hi there, I have a mahogany deck that’s seen better days, I was planning on applying a coat of sanding sealer then sanding then applying IPE oil? I’m uncertain wether or not the sealer will effect the oil? What do you guys think?

  9. Kate Kelly on May 27, 2023 at 11:43 am

    Great video! Working on a new project-dog kennel for my Cane Corso. I will definitely look into some of your suggestions for a finished product. Thank you.

  10. Tim S. on May 27, 2023 at 11:44 am

    How to remove a dark mahogany finish easy?

  11. Ed Mori on May 27, 2023 at 11:44 am

    When you say dye, are you talking about stain?

  12. Gino Asci on May 27, 2023 at 11:44 am

    all woods have their own natural beauty, including mahogany. an oil or clear finish brings out that natural color. woods come in all sorts of shades and colors, so why add another color when you can just choose a shade or color by selecting the the wood, and applying a clear finish to achieve the natural color of that wood and protecting the wood with a clear finish.
    i just don’t understand why anyone wood want to change the color of any wood. this means you don’t like that type of wood. just choose a darker wood if that’s what your preference is and clear coat it.
    stains are in my opinion a manufactured product just to make money.
    it has nothing to do with wood, because nature has created as many shades and colors in wood that anyone could ever want.
    purple heart, ebony, cocobolo, walnut…,why apply an artificial color when it already exists.

  13. Doyle Metzinger on May 27, 2023 at 11:45 am

    I’ve heard good feedback about the Woodprix plans.

  14. Carol Shields on May 27, 2023 at 11:46 am

    Great lesson and show, thank you.

  15. Paul Heiss on May 27, 2023 at 11:46 am

    Sound is terrible

  16. Luis Bonet on May 27, 2023 at 11:47 am

    Very fine video and the results are amazing! The Zinsser seal finish you used prior to the application of lacquer is that the same product as the Zinsser universal sanding sealer? Do you sand in between coats of the sealer? How about in between coats of the lacquer? What grit do you suggest using?

  17. Doug Troutman on May 27, 2023 at 11:49 am

    Very nice good tips,thanks.

  18. AshPhilVLOGS on May 27, 2023 at 11:50 am

    Wow fantastic . New subs. From Philippines

  19. QuidEst Nunc on May 27, 2023 at 11:50 am

    Good Audio Makes Good Video. Clip-On Microphone, please.

  20. Luke Skove on May 27, 2023 at 11:51 am

    Great video.a lot of information.. wish video was a little long and more in-depth

  21. Mudrikh F on May 27, 2023 at 11:51 am

    Finishing yang sangat indah sekali ,. Good

  22. Jadams on May 27, 2023 at 11:53 am

    Is the aniline dye you used in the video for the last wood, a powder?

  23. trent farrell on May 27, 2023 at 11:54 am

    What about finishing previously finished mahogany?it was filled and varnished and then hard sanded

  24. Natalie Snyder on May 27, 2023 at 11:55 am

    It would be really helpful to show how to finish an exterior mahogany door.

  25. Steve K on May 27, 2023 at 11:57 am

    Would you recommend using the Timbermate for on a newly milled exterior raw Mahogany storm door as a grain filler, to be finished with a Spar Varnish? Also, would you recommend using Timbermate as a wood filler for hairline cracks on a White Oak entry door exterior, finished with Spar Varnish?

  26. Mary Elsesser on May 27, 2023 at 11:57 am

    That last demonstration was stunning. I have a mahogany buffet that I’m preparing to clean up and re-finish. I’m actually pretty excited to start now — thanks for all the info!

  27. K LE on May 27, 2023 at 11:57 am

    This is beautiful! Unfortunately, I’ve only been able to work with pine boards at the moment. 😔. Have you done any videos on staining and finishing pine? Would love a deep red mahogany look you fid here, but on pine!

  28. Seth Rodrigo on May 27, 2023 at 12:00 pm

    what product can i use to tint the wood grain filler

  29. Roselia Reuben on May 27, 2023 at 12:01 pm

    I think you could use the jigg more when drilling in the work bench? Drill the first row, use the al to locate the second row, then go back and do the same for the third. Now you can use the 2 holes on the top and the bottom, this way you eliminate the risk of measuring wrong between the rowes.

  30. mrzombie170 on May 27, 2023 at 12:02 pm

    don’t mix shellac based finishes with sprayed Lacquers finishes after a years are so it will go cloudy you can put all most any finish on top of shellac based finishes except Lacquers finishes they don’t agree with each other

  31. Binu Jose on May 27, 2023 at 12:04 pm

    Hi is there any contact number or email to get a help, thanks

  32. Kalichi Camacho on May 27, 2023 at 12:04 pm

    thank you

  33. Matt Rinne on May 27, 2023 at 12:05 pm

    Looking to use your technique with the red dye for a jewelry case for my daughter. Do you recommend a specific dye? Is it just straight red? I’ve never used dyes before.

    Thanks for all you do for woodworkers learning the craft! I especially enjoy the information as it relates to trees around the world. 🌎

  34. hardmuscl4life on May 27, 2023 at 12:09 pm

    These sort of no nonsense, results oriented comparisons are entertaining as well as wonderful instructional tools. I thoroughly enjoyed your presentation. Well done you…

  35. Steve Avis on May 27, 2023 at 12:10 pm

    Thanks for the tutorial! Great info. I’m refinishing a mahogany dash on a tr6 would a polyurethane be a better top coat for weather resistance?

  36. M D on May 27, 2023 at 12:10 pm


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  38. goosecouple on May 27, 2023 at 12:15 pm

    5:56 Put down Zinsser Sealcoat as many as 3 coats?

  39. Lindsey Daniels on May 27, 2023 at 12:17 pm

    When you demonstrate the filler technique. The second mixed with the stain. What color did you use? Looks exactly what I’m looking for. Then after the filler with the stain how do you finish?

  40. F F on May 27, 2023 at 12:17 pm


  41. Walther on May 27, 2023 at 12:21 pm

    Will save this video !!!

  42. Turtle on May 27, 2023 at 12:21 pm

    Building a guitar with a mahogany body, think I’m gonna stain it instead of paint it

  43. Sherry Payton on May 27, 2023 at 12:23 pm

    I see a lot of other question regarding the order of your layers and how often you sand. This was my take on it after watching your video twice:
    Wood filler
    Red dye 3 layers, sand between
    Zinnsers sealant, 3 layers sand between each
    Clear lacquer three layers sand between each layer

    Is that right? I’m refinishing a table. I think it’s mahogany. I wanted to look like you’re piece!!!

  44. BeachN Sandy on May 27, 2023 at 12:23 pm

    I have a problem that I am not sure what type of wood my unfinished entertainment center is made of. Just purchased it from Simply Wood here in Pensacola. They told me it was mahogany. The paint store said it looks like Parawood. It is more blonde with some reddish streaks going through it. I am in the middle of staining it a light gray because that is the color I wanted my furniture to be. I do not like red furniture. The oil base stain is not going on very well because it seems there are several soft areas in the wood and those areas either soak up the color more than other areas of they are too light. It has really been a job not trying to get random dark areas of stain that makes it look like I did not apply the stain very carefully. There also appears to be a few small areas that looks like it has a blonde wood filler in and those spots don’t take up the stain very well at all. What a mess I have gotten myself into. Can you stain Mahogany with light gray and it look good? Please let me see you do that. What do I need to do?? lol I am 71 and this is not going as well as it did when I was younger lol.

  45. Doonie on May 27, 2023 at 12:25 pm

    This guy really knows his stuff. Thanks for the video…

  46. holmesteadready on May 27, 2023 at 12:25 pm

    " a dozen different ways"
    * points to seven pieces of wood *

  47. UVEXME on May 27, 2023 at 12:25 pm

    Can you make a video on repairing high gloss solid wood furniture?

  48. LCM LCM on May 27, 2023 at 12:27 pm

    Great video. I always loved the antique red mahogany look and always wondered how it was applied. So thank you

  49. reptilesgamers00 on May 27, 2023 at 12:28 pm

    4:49 what brand red dye you use in this video?

  50. Jessica Sommy on May 27, 2023 at 12:29 pm

    I checked a lot of handbooks with woodworking plans. Instructions from Stodoys are the best I think.