Sapele » Entandrophragma cylindricum

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

Character

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
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. The Sapele tree grows in Africa
map of where this wood grows
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

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