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

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Sapele Ribbon Stripe 4/4 Project Pack: 20 Board Feet
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hardwood lumber sizes
Sapele lumber pack comes with an assortment of widths and lengths.
Here's what you can expect:
13/16" Thickness

Also known as 4/4, S2S.
Surfaced 2 sides (S2S) to 13/16" actual thickness. May still require you to flatten, plane, shape or sand your project parts to fit your project.

Learn more in our blog: "What Does 4/4 Mean in Lumber?"

4" to 10" Widths

This is the range of widths that are usually available in this pack.

  • Price shown is for a random selection of widths within this range
  • Special hand-selection is avaialble at an additional fee, please contact to inquire
  • Edges are rough sawn
  • Straight edge ripping service is available for a small fee

48" to 84" Lengths

Lengths will vary within this range.

A 20 board foot Project Pack is a great way to buy some lumber because they're simple and we stand behind them with our 100% satisfaction guarantee. A Project Pack includes a total of 20 board feet of our hand-picked lumber, and you'll get a fantastic assortment of widths (typically between 4'' and 10''), and lengths (between 4' and 8'). Purchase a Project Pack when you need enough wood to make a medium sized project like a coffee table or cabinet. As usual, all the lumber is surfaced on two sides (S2S), and kiln dried.

About Sapele (Entandrophragma cylindricum)



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

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 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
lumber thickness Lumber Compared
Various lumber thickness as compared to one another
  1. Decide how much board footage you need
  2. Factor in enough to work with! You'll want to arrange grain patterns, sort color, fix mistakes, run test cuts, make finish samples, etc.
  3. Lumber comes in random widths and lengths. If you need special size considerations, please let us know by using the "Minimum Size Request" box in the order form or by confirming your needs by phone or email.
  4. Expect your final amount of footage to change slightly. Buying by the board foot is an exercise in estimation, therefore we don't know the precise amount of footage you'll receive (and be billed for) until we physically select the wood for your order.
  5. We want to get your order right! So we may need to contact you for clarification. Please use a good phone and email during checkout.

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 article if you want the full explanation.

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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15 Total Reviews
December 31, 2017
5 out of 5
1st Time Order
Review by  John K from WI
I'm restoring missing pieces of 100-year old window and door trim in our house after a complete update. After striking out at the local lumber yards, where I would be forced into buying much, much more wood than I need (when I could find Sapele...), I was able to find exactly what I needed at, at a much better price, to boot. The Sapele boards I received in the 4/4 Project Pack were all workable, with barely any drop, and are finishing out nicely. I was a bit apprehensive about ordering lumber sight-unseen, so this was a trial order - I will definitely be ordering more!
Verified Buyer
October 24, 2017
5 out of 5
So far it looks great!
Review by  Brian from Colorado
While I haven't used any yet, the wood looks good and I'm very satisfied.
Verified Buyer
October 24, 2017
5 out of 5
So far it looks great!
Review by  Brian from Colorado
While I haven't used any yet, the wood looks good and I'm very satisfied.
Verified Buyer
October 3, 2017
4 out of 5
Wood was stellar
Review by  Aaron Hungate  from Arizona
Very happy with my purchase. That being said, I have a local woodworkers source and didn't realize I could have picked it up there and saved myself 60 dollars. I still would have spent the 60 dollar difference there to purchase more of the same product. Would have been 5 star if that was the case.
Verified Buyer
October 18, 2015
3 out of 5
Minimal Striping
Review by  A Chang from Portland, OR US
I bought one 20BF pack and the boards are all true. Mostly 6' lengths with 5" widths, though there were two 9" wide boards. The only issue is that the ribbon stripe figure in very coarse, and not particularly impressive in straightness with respect to the length of the boards. Very disappointing yet also very usable. I'm still going to use it, and I'm sure I won't have any complaints one I start cutting. It's just not quite what I thought I was paying for. If you buy it for the forgiveness of the wood, you probably won't be let down, just don't expect to see as tight striping as shown in the photos.
February 5, 2014
5 out of 5
Sapele Order
Review by  NC from Greeley, CO USA
I ordered a total of 30 BF. 1-20BF Bundle and 1-10BF Bundle. Both came wrapped neatly and protected the wood. Delivery was right on time. The quality of the wood was terrific. I had one board with a small crack from the end running about 6 inches. I was able to work around this with minimal waste of wood. I am happy with the process, and in fact need to order some more to finish my project. Calculation error on my part. I have recommended this website to several of my friends.
15 Total Reviews
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