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Sapele

Application
Attributes
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Imported
Softwood
4/4
8/4
12/4
Medium
Lumber

Sapele heartwood is a golden to dark reddish brown and tends to darken with age. Quartersawn boards have a ribbon pattern.  Sapele is also known for a wide variety of other figured grain patterns, such as: pommele, quilted, mottled, wavy, beeswing, and fiddleback.

Thicknesses

Subject to availability

4/4
5/4
6/4
7/4
8/4
9/4
10/4
12/4
16/4
20/4
1/2"
3/4"
1"

Distribution

Native to Tropical Africa

Scientific Name

Entandrophragma cylindricum

Specific Gravity: Basic

.50

Specific Gravity: 12% MC

0.67

Janka Hardness

1410

Colour/Appearance

Heartwood is golden to light reddish brown that tends to darken with age

Grain/Texture

Grain is interlocked, and sometimes wavy, fairly uniform texture with a natural luster

Endgrain

Diffuse-porous; large pores in no specific arrangement, few; solitary and radial multiples of 2-3; reddish brown deposits occasionally present; parenchyma diffuse-in-aggregates, unilateral, and marginal; rays narrow to medium, spacing normal; ripple marks present.

Rot Resistance

Heartwood ranges from moderately durable to very durable in regard to decay resistance. Moderate insect/borer resistance.

Workability

Due to its interlocked grain Sapele can be troublesome to machine, resulting in tearout. It will become discolored and stained when in contact with iron. While it can have a slight blunting effect on cutters,  Sapele turns, glues, and finishes well.

Odor

Distinct Cedar-like smell when worked

Allergies/Toxicity

Although severe reactions are quite uncommon, Sapele has been reported as a skin and respiratory irritant.

Pricing/Availability

Should be moderately priced for regular  plainsawn or quartersawn lumber, though figured lumber and veneer can be extremely expensive, particularly pommele or quilted Sapele.

Sustainability

This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices, but is on the IUCN Red List. It is listed as vulnerable due to a population reduction of over 20% in the past three generations, caused by a decline in its natural range, and exploitation.
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