Sapele Mahogany


We no longer stock this species.
The wood is medium hard and medium weight. Planed surfaces are mildly lustrous. The heartwood is pinkish-red when freshly cut, darkening to a rich red-brown. The most striking feature is the double spiral grain which produces a very regular stripe or roe figures in quarter sawn material. The texture is fine and even and there is a pronounced cedar-like scent when freshly cut.

Botanical Name: Entandrophragma cylindricum
Origin: West Africa
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Seasoning: Requires care in kiln drying to avoid distortion and degrade.
Working Qualities: Saws easily and cleanly with little waste and works fairly easily with hand and machine tools, although the interlocked grain may be troublesome in planing and moulding. To eliminate picking up in quarter-sawn material, the cutting angle should be reduced to 15º. Takes nails and screws and glues well. It takes a high polish.
Uses: Gifted with both strength and appearance, the timber has a wide range of uses. It is used for furniture, panelling, shop and window fittings, high-class interior joinery and all general cabinet working purposes, including boat-building. Widely used for decorative veneering, it is often sliced to show the narrow ‘pencil’ stripe which is a characteristic of the specie. It is also used for rotary cut plywood.
Price (1-10): 4


Availability: Available ex-stock in Random Widths in 25, 40 and 50mm Thicknesses.
Stocked: Yes


Primary Suppliers: Romea Legnami
Resource Certification: Working on FSC Certification


Durability In Ground: Perishable/Non Durable
Durability Above Ground: Moderately Durable


Density Air Dry: 640 kg/m3


Shrinkage Radial: 2.8 %
Shrinkage Tangental: 4.4 %

Mechanical Properties

Janka Hardness: 6.7 kN
Modulus of Rupture: 110 MPa
Modulus of Elasticity: 11.7 GPa
Max Crush Strength: 59 MPa

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