Sapele Ribbon Stripe 8/4 Lumber Random Widths, Random Lengths

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Sapele Ribbon Stripe 8/4 Lumber

$10.99 /Board Feet

1-99 $10.99 /Bd. Ft.
100+ $8.24 /Bd. Ft. (25% off)
Tip: mix or match for your best price! Details

The actual footage you receive will be slightly different from what you order, therefore your final billed amount will be a little different. This is because we hand select your lumber from inventory of various widths and lengths - every board is unique and different in size (except thickness).
Read this for more info

Board Foot Cheat Sheet
Learn How To Estimate Lumber Needs

About Lumber Sizes & Shipping Length Restrictions

Sapele lumber comes in random sizes, but within certain ranges. Here's what you can expect.

4" to 10" Widths

Price shown is for a random selection of widths within this range. You can request specific widths or add a straight edge rip in the order form.

6' to 12' Lengths

This is the range of lengths that we might have in stock. We always try to ship the longest possible lengths, but to make it easier on you and us, request length ranges in the order form.

Length Shipping Restrictions
84" (7') long max
We always try to ship the longest lengths possible, depending on the quantity you order and what we have available at that time. But 7' is the longest length we can reasonably ship by UPS & FedEx
8' to 12' long is possible
8' and longer can be shipped truck freight, but this method is usually economical only for shipments that are at least 350 lbs (approx 100 board feet); Please contact us if you have questions.

1-13/16" Thickness

Also known as 8/4, S2S. Surfaced 2 sides (S2S) from rough sawn lumber. You should be able to yield approximately 1-3/4" thickness after you flatten, plane, shape or sand your project parts to fit your project..
Learn more in our blog: "What Does 4/4 Mean in Lumber?"

How Lumber Ordering Works

1

Decide how much you need in Board Feet. Best way to get help with this is to use our Project Planner worksheet

2

Consider how much extra you want for arranging grain or color, fixing mistakes, testing cut set ups or finishes.

3

Choose your size requirements, if you have any, in the order form.

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.
 

About Sapele (Entandrophragma cylindricum)

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Weight

3.5

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

1510

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

0.62

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

map of where Sapele tree grows
Sapele is an exotic wood from Africa

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.

color of Sapele
Color Range
Dark red brown, very similar to mahogany
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.
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

Lumber 101: What to Know About Hardwood Lumber

lumber random widths Random Widths
You will cut and/or glue to create the sizes you need
rough sawn vs surfaced lumber Surfaced Smooth S2S
We buy rough sawn lumber and have it surfaced 2 sides (S2S) so you're ready to work
rough sawn vs surfaced lumber Kiln Dried
We stock kiln dried lumber and store it in a protected warehouse
rough sawn vs surfaced lumber 83%+ Clear
Unless stated otherwise, we stock Select & Better graded lumber that's at least 83% clear one side
  1. Pick a wood you like
  2. Decide how much you need
  3. Give us your specs (if you have any)

This is the unit of measurement for hardwood lumber when it's bought/sold in random widths and random lengths.

Board footage is a measurement of volume, and it's abbreviated Bd. Ft.

One board foot is equal to 144 cubic inches.

board foot formula

It's a fraction that refers to rough (RGH) sawn thickness of lumber, and it tells you approximately how many quarters of an inch make up the thickness.

Surfaced lumber is thinner because it started out as rough sawn but it's been planed smooth. Planing removes thickness.

Rough Sawn (RGH) Surfaced (S2S)
4/4 ~1" 13/16"
5/4 ~1-1/4" 1-1/16"
6/4 ~1-1/2" 1-5/16"
8/4 ~2" 1-13/16"
12/4 ~3" 2-13/16"

Unless otherwise specified, our lumber is "Surfaced 2 Sides" or S2S for short.

Check out our blog for the full explanation.

lumber thickness Lumber Compared
Various lumber thickness as compared to one another

If you can cut your own pieces to size, here's how we can help:

  1. Enter requirements into the order form where it says, "Minimum Size Request"
  2. Tell us what you want to acheive or make
  3. You will receive wood that can yeild what you need. (You will create the final size)
  4. We may need to contact you for clarification

You will cut and/or join your material to create the finished sizes you need. We'll pick out wood that will give you enough to do that. For this reason, the final amount of footage you receive in your order will be slightly different, and your final billed charge will be different.

If you want to only buy pieces of an exact size, that will be sold differently. Please contact us for a custom quote.

Sadly, wood cannot be 100% guaranteed to be clear on both sides all the time. Most of our lumber is graded "Select" and better, which means it's at minimum 83% clear on one side.
Hardwood grades explained

Customer Ratings & Reviews

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Ratings Snapshot
4.8
out of 5
5 (7)
4 (2)
3 (0)
2 (0)
1 (0)
Would recommend this product?
100%
4.8
out of 5
5 (7)
4 (2)
3 (0)
2 (0)
1 (0)
Would recommend this product?
100%
9 Total Reviews
December 9, 2019
5 out of 5
Great Service!!!
Review by  JDurf from CA
I've never ordered lumber online, as a matter of fact I've never even bought wood in board feet. I'm new to wood working, but Corey at the Woodworkers Source was super helpful. He contacted me when there was an issue with the Sapele; some planer skip that would leave the stock thinner than expected once removed. I told him what I was doing with the wood and that it would be fine and shortly there after I had 25 board feet of some VERY pretty wood. I am nearly done with the cabinet now and I couldn't be happier with the experience. Thanks Woodworkers Source, I can't wait to order my next project's wood from you.
Verified Buyer
Recommended
November 13, 2019
5 out of 5
FIRST PURCHASE OF SAPELE
Review by  Roger from Tennessee
This piece looks very nice, and arrived in good condition.
Verified Buyer
Recommended
August 11, 2019
5 out of 5
Sapele Ribbon Stripe 8/4 Lumber
Review by  Ignacio from California
Very good service and wood. Would recommend to all my friends~~
Verified Buyer
Recommended
January 22, 2019
5 out of 5
first time
Review by  Woodchips Design from Big Bear, Ca
So over Christmas my wife said she wanted to redo our kitchen island top and wanted me to do it. I've done a lot with wood in the house but have never done a counter. we looked at thousands of wood and she decided she wanted Beech and Sapele, I've never worked with Sapele before and find it easy to cut and sand. Do to the size of my shop, (small is being generous) all my tools are on wheels and need to go outside for me to work inside, and with the temps around 30 during the day and teens at night with snow falling it gets hard to work at a steady tempo, at this point all boards are cut and as soon as it dries up I will be planning the pieces and gluing them up.
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Recommended
January 3, 2019
4 out of 5
Satisfied
Review by  JWB from Oklahoma
This is my first experience with Sapele. The quality is great.
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Recommended
December 13, 2016
5 out of 5
Great wood and service
Review by  Bob from Lewistown,mt
As ordered, all very useable lumber, packaged well, and easy purchase. Thank you.
Verified Buyer
Recommended
9 Total Reviews
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What's 4/4, 8/4, 12/4, etc.?
Understanding hardwood lumber starts right here with these wacky fractions.
Lumber Grades Explained
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3 Steps To Figure Out How Much Lumber You Need
Board feet isn't your everyday kind of math, but these three simple steps make it easy to figure out your project.
Project Planner Worksheet
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