Sapele // Entandrophragma cylindricum

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.
Sapele grows in Africa
map of where Sapele grows
Tips & Techniques

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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.
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


Sapele Hardwood Sample (1/2"x3"x6")
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Sapele Hardwood Sample (1/2"x3"x6")
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Sapele Ribbon Stripe 4/4 Lumber
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Sapele Ribbon Stripe 4/4 Lumber
$9.99 /Board Feet
Sapele Ribbon Stripe 6/4 Lumber
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Sapele Ribbon Stripe 6/4 Lumber
$10.49 /Board Feet
Sapele Ribbon Stripe 8/4 Lumber
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4.667
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Sapele Ribbon Stripe 8/4 Lumber
$10.99 /Board Feet
Sapele Ribbon Stripe 4/4 Craft Pack: 10 Board Feet
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Sapele Ribbon Stripe 4/4 Project Pack: 20 Board Feet
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Sapele Qtr Ribbon Paper Back Veneer Sheet -  2' x 8' Roll
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Sapele Qtr Ribbon Paper Back Veneer Sheet - 2' x 8' Roll
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Sapele Turning Squares: 1-3/4" x 1-3/4" x 18"
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Sapele Turning Squares: 1-3/4" x 1-3/4" x 18"
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Sapele Furniture Squares: 1-3/4" x 1-3/4" x 30"
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Sapele Furniture Squares: 1-3/4" x 1-3/4" x 30"
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Sapele Turning Squares: 1-3/4" x 1-3/4" x 12"
Sapele Turning Squares: 1-3/4" x 1-3/4" x 12"
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$6.00 ea.
Sapele Cutting Board Strips
Sapele Cutting Board Strips
$9.00 ea.