Color/Appearance: Heartwood is a golden to dark reddish brown. Color tends to darken with age. Besides the common ribbon pattern seen on quartersawn boards, Sapele is also known for a wide variety of other figured grain patterns, such as: pommele, quilted, mottled, wavy, beeswing, and fiddleback.
Workability: Sapele can be troublesome to work in some machining operations, (i.e., planing, routing, etc.), resulting in tearout due to its interlocked grain. It will also react when put into direct contact with iron, becoming discolored and stained. Sapele has a slight blunting effect on cutters, but it turns, glues, and finishes well.
Common Uses: Plywood, boxes, crates, turned objects, interior trim, and other small specialty wood items.
Common Uses: Veneer, plywood, furniture, cabinetry, flooring, boatbuilding, musical instruments, turned objects, and other small wooden specialty items.
- Origin of Wood Type Africa
- Avg. Weight Per BF 3.25 lb/ bf
- Rarity / Availability Readily Available
- Typical Avg. Width 4″ to 15″, can be found up to 67″ wide
- Typical Avg. Length 8′ to 16′
- Wood Uses Fine Furniture, Cabinetry, Architectural Millwork, Guitar Building / Instrument Making, Wood Turning, Boat Building, Wood Carving, Veneer, Flooring and many other uses
- Fine Furniture, Cabinetry, Architectural Millwork, Instrument Making, Wood Turning, Boat Building, Outdoor Construction, Counter Tops, Flooring, Veneer and many other uses
- Other Trade Names Sapelewood, Aboudikrou, Sapelli, Gold Coast Cedar, Penkwa
Shipping costs are NOT included in the purchase price. Shipping is calculated separately. You will see a separate charge on your payment method (credit or debit card, PayPal, etc.).
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