Sapelli

Sapele (Entandrophragma cylindricum)

 

Common Names: Sapele, Sapelli, Sapeli

 

Distribution: Tropical Africa

 

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.

 

Janka Hardness: 1,410 lbf

 

Density: 3.5 lb/b.f.

 

Allergies/Toxicity: Sapele has been reported as a skin and respiratory irritant.

 

Controlled species: CITES: no, IUCN: yes

 

Common Uses: Veneer, plywood, furniture, cabinetry, flooring, boatbuilding, musical instruments, turned objects and other small wooden specialty items.

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