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I have just been to my local branch of MGM Timber (branches in Scotland only I think). Arrived with some trepidation, looking for 3ft of 2 x 1 in a great barn of a place with massive sheets and lengths stacked metres high.
Met on the way in by a friendly guy who took me to their mahogany area - dont do 2 x 1 but they have 3.9m lengths of 2 x .5 (45mm x 15mm) so I picked out one of those and will laminate it to get the thickness I need. Planed, straight, knot free.
Thought I better check the price before committing as I've seen some crazy prices on ebay for "craft" and "luthier" wood (which was going to have to be my next try) ...
£5.94 inc VAT! Result!
So I now have a good supply of what I reckon is cheap mahogany on my doorstep. If I get a table say, they do 4 x 1 that I could cut down.