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Showing off a consistent color that's much like Mahogany, this ribbon stripe Sapele comes with a much lower price.
The ribbon stripe figure comes from quarter sawing the log - the interlocked grain of Sapele produces the length wise stripes, or ribbons. (See this picture in our Project Gallery) An added benefit to quarter sawn lumber is the utmost stability.
Sizes you can expect:
1-13/16'' thick, surfaced smooth two sides (8/4 S2S)
4''-10'' with the edges still rough. Straight line ripping on one edge is available as well (available above with your order).
Lengths Up to 8'. Longer lengths may be available for local pick up or truck freight shipment. Contact us to verify.
You'll have to cut your own pieces to size. Hardwood lumber is sold as a bulk raw product, which means that our stacks of lumber have a big variety of sizes most often from 4" up to 12" wide, and 6' to 16' long.
Only some unusual exotic woods are narrower than 4" and under 6' long. This is clearly stated when that's the case, everything else is larger.
We always ship the longest boards possible, and rarely ship boards less than 48" long unless you request shorter. The longest we can ship by UPS is 96" (that's 8').
For general fine woodworking, the various widths and lengths meet the needs and desires of woodworkers building furniture, cabinetry, and fine woodwork. But we do understand that certain projects have some requirements, and we're happy to help you out.
Here's how we can help you get the sizes you need:
We can hand-select material that will yield what you need. Type your needs into the "Selection Request" field right above the Add to Cart button above when you place your order. 4 things to know about size requests
We can do some limited custom milling such as planing to a different thickness and straight-line ripping one edge. Please call or email to talk about your needs.
Other Good things To Know
Grade:Select & Better. See our page about Hardwood Grading for some details about common lumber grades and their definitions.
Extra Discount:25% off for 100+
Lumber Thickness Compared:
The thickness of hardwood lumber is expressed as a fraction. Here are the various lumber thicknesses compared to one another.
What's the wood like?
Gorgeous mahogany look-alike with a slightly finer texture than Honduras Mahogany, and a typically interlocked grain. Sapele is also a lustrous wood that works fairly well in all operations - planing, sawing, routing, sanding, etc.
How's the color?
Dark red brown, very similar to mahogany
Does it go by other names?
Aboudikroe, Penkwa, Assi, Sapele, Assie sapelli, Sapele mahogany, Lifari, Sapeli
What could I use it for?
Boat building, Decorative veneer, flooring, furniture, joinery, Canoes, Chairs, Chests, Concealed parts (Furniture), Desks, Dining-room furniture, Excelsior, Figured veneer, kitchen cabinets, musical instruments, Tables, Veneer
What is the tree like?
May reach a height of 150-200 feet; bole straight and cylindrical, clear to 100 feet; trunk diameters to 6' over broad, low buttresses, sometimes not buttressed.
The tree grows in
Africa; Ivory Coast and Nigeria
Average Customer Rating:
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Nice hunk of board, 4.1.2014
Reviewer: RKA (Riverdale, UT)
Received 5 bf of your 8/4 sapele. It was well packaged and received in good time. This will finish real nice with iridescent hues and patterns.
Heres the deal..., 12.4.2013
Reviewer: Fred Munson (Clark Fork, Idaho)
So I get in a bit of a hurry once in a while...OK a lot of the time. Well with this stuff it's like a free lunch...You can't screw it up. It's more forgiving then Mother Teresa. I'm laminating thin strips together with some other exotics for one-of-a-kind 5-7 foot landing net handles and even with the gig I built for the bow the glue stage to integrate the handle into the bow can sometimes have "The Need For Speed". Glue is everywhere and the Sapele Ribbon Stripe not only hold fast in the glue joints where it's clamped but it also cleans up like a breeze where ever I get overrun. Did I mention the glue gets everywhere? Oh, and by the way, My girlfriend has a wonderful way to get wood glue out of your hair...Should the need ever arise..
Seriously though, when this stuffs on sale GRAB IT. I got the "10" and wider" special and WOW can you ever make some things that require wide stock that called for the biscuit cutter before. I don't know about you but those joints always looked so fake to me.
Perfect Sapele from end to end!, 9.1.2013
Reviewer: Claude (Boston, MA)
I'm working on a Sapele King size bed frame with decorative headboard. The 8/4 Ribbon Sapele from Woodworker's was perfect from one end to the other. Packed with care at a great price and arrived faster than expected. I highly recommend Woodworkers!
Review wood for lamp, 1.31.2013
Reviewer: Kenneth LaFontaine (East Haven, CT)
Wood was in great shape
Nice stuff, 11.15.2012
Reviewer: JoeMac (, MA)
Perfect sections. The boards almost look like they came from a flitch in sequence. Great color. Great deal.