Sapele Mahogany

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Durability: Durable
Colour: Dark
Sizes available: 25, 40, 50, 75 mm

Trade Name: Sapele
Botanical Species: Entandrophragma cylindricum
Other Names:  Sapele Mahogany
Country of Origin: West Africa
Air Dry Density: 640kgs/m³
Durability: Durable
Strength:  SD5


Requires care in kiln drying to avoid distortion and degrade.
The wood is medium hard and medium weight.
Planed surfaces are mildly lustrous.
The heartwood is pinkish-red when freshly cut, darkening to a rich red-brown.
The most striking feature is the double spiral grain which produces a very regular stripe or rose figures in quarter sawn material.
The texture is fine and even and there is a pronounced cedar-like smell when freshly cut.
Working Qualities: 
Saws easily and cleanly with little waste and works fairly easily with hand and machine tools although the interlocked grain may be troublesome in planning and moulding.
To eliminate picking up quarter sawn material, the cutting angle should be reduced to 15°.
Takes nails and screws and glues well.
It takes a high polish.
Gifted with both strength and appearance, the timber has a wide range of uses.
It is used for furniture, paneling, shop and window fittings, high class interior joinery and all general cabinet working purposes, including boat building.
Widely used for decorative veneering, it is often sliced to show the narrow ‘pencil’ stripe which is a characteristic of the species.
It is also used for rotary cut plywood.
Product Attributes:
A pinkish red to dark rich red brown timber.
Stains readily and takes an excellent polish.
Veneers available.
It is fairly close textured with interlocked grain.
Machines well with care.
Quarter sawn timber produces a regular striped effect.