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Origin of Wood Type:
Africa
Botanical Name:
Entandrophragma cylindricum
Specific Gravity:
.62
Avg. Weight Per BF (?):
3.25 lb/ bf
Color Range:
Red- Brown
Rarity / Availability: (?):
Readily Available
Typical Avg. Width:
4" to 15", can be found up to 67" inches wide
Typical Avg. Length:
8' to 16' feet
Avg. Waste Factor (?):
30%

Wood Uses:

Fine Furniture, Cabinetry, Architecural Millwork, Instrument making, Wood Turning, Boat Building, Outdoor Construction, Counter Tops, Flooring, Veneer and many other uses!
lumber Grades (?):

Common 1 & 2, FAS, Quarter-Sawn, Quarter-Sawn (Figured), Flitch, Figured (Heavy), Figured (Medium), Veneer

Other Trade Names:

Sapelewood, Aboudikrou, Sapelli, Gold Coast Cedar, Penkwa

Description:

Once considered a more refined member of the mahogany family, Sapele is now being used as the industry standard for doors, windows and moldings due to the restrictions on South American Mahogany. It has a peaceful nature and a medium texture. It is used for both veneers and lumber and is highly prized when figured. Sapele is now being used as a tonewood. The trees can be huge and 4’ diameter logs are not uncommon.
*Used for both veneers and lumber
*Tonewood
*Needs to be carefully monitored to insure it is not over harvested.

Note: All pictures of boards that appear wet, have been wiped with denature alcohol to help show natural color. We use denature alcohol because it evaporates and does not effect the moisture content of the wood. Also, please keep in mind that the pictures below are only examples of the wood and not actual products available for sale. .

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