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