Sapele, an economically important African wood species, is sold both in lumber and veneer form. Often used as a substitute for Genuine Mahogany with a golden to dark reddish brown color has a great natural luster.
Other Common Names: Sapelli, Entandrophragma Cylindricum
Sourcing Region: Africa
Color, Pattern, Texture: Golden to dark reddish brown in color with a wide variety of figured grain patterns, it has a fine and uniform texture. Grain is interlocked, sometimes wavy, and good natural luster.
Common Uses and Applications: Sapele can be used for your interior projects; such as, veneer, plywood, furniture, cabinetry, flooring, turnings, boatbuilding, and others
Working Properties: Sapele can be difficult to work in some machinery, resulting in tearout due to its interlocked grain. It may react when put into direct contact with iron, discoloring and stained. May have a slight blunting effect on cutters, however, it turns, glued, and finishes great. We offer a wide selection of Amana tools to help you work with hardwoods such as Sapele and others.
How to care for it: We offer a wide selection of products to care for your projects, visit our ‘Decking’ section. To learn more please contact our specialists by phone 619.661.0667 or email us!
Grades: Select & Better
Length and Width: 6’ and longer - 4” and wider
Density: Janka hardness 1,510 (The denser a wood is, the harder, stronger, and more durable. Most hardwoods have a higher density than most softwoods)
Odor: Sapele has a distinct, cedar-like scent while being worked.