Sapele » Entandrophragma cylindricum

Why Sapele?
Here's what to know about woodworking with this wood

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
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)

Woodworking with Sapele:

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")

Sapele Hardwood Sample (1/2"x3"x6")

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Sapele Ribbon Stripe 4/4 Lumber

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

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$9.99 /Bd. Ft.
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Sapele Ribbon Stripe 6/4 Lumber

Sapele Ribbon Stripe 6/4 Lumber Random Widths, Random Lengths

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Sapele Ribbon Stripe 8/4 Lumber

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

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Sapele Ribbon Stripe 4/4 Craft Pack: 10 Board Feet

Sapele Ribbon Stripe 4/4 Craft Pack: 10 Board Feet of Lumber

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Sapele Ribbon Stripe 4/4 Project Pack: 20 Board Feet

Sapele Ribbon Stripe 4/4 Project Pack: 20 Board Feet of Lumber

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4.842
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Sapele Qtr Ribbon Paper Back Veneer Sheet -  2' x 8' Roll

Sapele Qtr Ribbon Paper Back Veneer Sheet - 2' x 8' Roll

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Sapele Qtr w/ Ribbon Stripe Paper Back Veneer Sheet - 4' x 8' Roll
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Sapele Turning Squares: 1-3/4" x 1-3/4" x 18"

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"

Sapele Furniture Squares: 1-3/4" x 1-3/4" x 30"

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$14.00 /ea.
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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"


$6.00 /ea.
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Sapele Cutting Board Strips

Sapele Cutting Board Strips


$9.00 /ea.
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