Sapele lumber wood, Entandrophragma cylindricum lumber for woodworking

Sapele // Entandrophragma cylindricum

Get ready for the luxurious essence of nature, akin to a mahogany version of fine wine. Its rich hue, smooth texture, and elegant grain evoke timeless sophistication and a joyfully pleasant crafting experience -- you get natural, luxuriant beauty and unparalleled ease of working characteristics.
Elegant warm hues
Sophisticated richness
Smooth, effortless workability
color of Sapele
Color Range
Dark red brown, very similar to mahogany
other names for Sapele
Other Names
Aboudikroe, Penkwa, Assi, Sapele, Assie sapelli, Sapele mahogany, Lifari, Sapeli, Sapale, Sapelle
uses for Sapele
Some Typical Uses
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
the Sapele tree
What's 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.
Sapele grows in Africa
map of where Sapele grows


lbs /Bd. Ft.
-2.23% lighter than red oak (3.58 /bd. ft.)


Janka Rating
17.05% harder than red oak (1290 psi)


Specific Gravity
-3.13% less dense than red oak (.64)

General Workability
Good 3/10
Red Oak

Wood Texture
Fine 4/10
Red Oak

Ease of Finishing
Good 3/10
Red Oak