FSC® Straight Grain Sapele

Name: Entandrophragma cylindricum

Sub Name: West African Mahogany, Nigerian Mahogany

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Trade Name: Sapele

Origin: Widely distributed in West and Central African extending to Uganda and particularly prominent in the Ivory Coast, Ghana and Nigeria.

Appearance: Dark reddish or purplish brown with a fine regular interlocked grain. When quarter cut, this feature becomes pronounced and gives the timber a characteristic stripe.

Mechanical: It is listed as being a particularly hard and heavy timber with a density of approximately 650 kg/m³.

Availability: There is a large supply of this hardwood and it has recently become available from a small number of forests which have FSC accreditation. Square edged kiln dried wide or long boards.

Timber Cuts: Sapele is well known for interior parts of furniture such as drawer sides, rails and runners. Its excellent strength and attractive appearance provides the joinery industry with a useful material when constructing substantial items such as staircases, heavy duty window frames and flooring.

Veneer Cuts: Available with FSC certification as both a crown cut and quarter cut veneer but, at the moment, only in small quantities.

Relative Costs: 6

Properties: It is easy to work, either with hand or machine tools, but does has a tendency to tear because of its interlocking grain.

Seasoning: Seasoning is difficult and must be done slowly. The timber is relatively unstable and can be prone to distortion.