Sapele

Entandrophragma cynlindricum

Appearance

Sapele

Shown with water-based finish (top), and oil-based finish (bottom)

Color: Medium to dark red-brown; darkens over time.

Grain: Fine, interlocked.

Species & Grade Variations: Quartersawn material has a ribbon-striped effect.

Properties

Hardness (Janka): 1500 (16% harder than Northern red oak).

Dimensional Stability: Above average (7.4; 14% more stable than Northern oak).

Workability

Sawing/Machining: Saws easily.

Sanding: Sands satisfactorily if correct sanding sequence is followed.

Suggested Sequence:

  • First Cut: 50 at a 7-15 degree angle with the grain
  • Second Cut: 80 straight with the grain
  • Third Cut: 100
  • Hard Plate: 100 or 120
  • First Screen: 100 or 120
  • Second Screen: 150

Nailing: No known problems.

Finishing: Staining may over-darken the wood. No known finishing problems.

Origin

Africa.

Availability

Moderately available.