Mahogany Sapele 4/4, 5/4, and 8/4

Mahogany Sapele 4/4, 5/4, and 8/4


Common Name(s): Sapele, sapelli, sapeli mahogany

Scientific Name: Entandrophragma cylindricum

Distribution: Tropical Africa

Tree Size: 100-150 ft (30-45 m) tall,

                     3-5 ft (1-1.5 m) trunk diameter

Average Dried Weight: 41.6 lbs/ft3 (665 kg/m3)

Specific Gravity (Basic, 12% MC): 0.56, 0.67

Janka Hardness: 1,360 lbf (6,060 N)

Modulus of Rupture: 16,070 lbf/in2 (110.9 MPa)

Elastic Modulus: 1,790,000 lbf/in2 (12.35 GPa)

Crushing Strength: 8,540 lbf/in2 (58.9 MPa)

Shrinkage: Radial: 5.2%, Tangential: 7.2%,

                          Volumetric: 12.9%, T/R Ratio: 1.4

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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.

Grain/Texture: Grain is interlocked, and sometimes wavy. Fine uniform texture and good natural luster.

Rot Resistance: Heartwood ranges from moderately durable to very durable in regard to decay resistance. Moderate insect/borer resistance.

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.

Odor: Sapele has a distinct, cedar-like scent while being worked.

Allergies/Toxicity: Although severe reactions are quite uncommon, sapele has been reported as a skin and respiratory irritant. See the articles Wood Allergies and Toxicity and Wood Dust Safety for more information.

Pricing/Availability: Should be moderately priced for regular  flatsawn or quartersawn lumber, though figured lumber and veneer can be extremely expensive, particularly pommele or quilted sapele.

Sustainability: This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices, but is on the IUCN Red List. It is listed as vulnerable due to a population reduction of over 20% in the past three generations, caused by a decline in its natural range, and exploitation.

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

Comments: Usually pronounced (sah-PELL-ey) or (sah-PEEL-ey). Sapele is a commonly exported and economically important African hardwood species. It’s  sold both in lumber and veneer form. It is occasionally used as a substitute for genuine mahogany, and is sometimes referred to as ‘sapele mahogany.’

Technically, the two genera that are commonly associated with mahogany are Swietenia and Khaya, while sapele is in the Entandrophragma genus —though all three are contained in the broader Meliaceae (mahogany) family, so comparisons to true mahogany are not too far fetched.

Sale price$12.00
Per Board foot
46 board feet available
Pickup available at 4050 Old Cornelia Hwy SKU: WD1-ED-SAPELE4/4

Mahogany Sapele 4/4, 5/4, and 8/4


4050 Old Cornelia Hwy

4050 Old Cornelia Hwy
Gainesville GA 30507
United States

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