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Formal Name: Entandrophragma cylindricum
Color: The heartwood is a golden to dark reddish brown. The color tends to darken with age. Sapele is known for having a wide variety of figured grain patterns, such as: pommele, quilted, fiddleback, mottled. wavy, and beeswing.
Grain: Fine, interlocked grain. It may also yield a wavy grain that produces distinctive figure.
Workability: This wood is fairly easy to work with and yields smooth surfaces on a straight-grained material. It rates below average in planing, turning, and boring. Maximum crushing, or compression strength parallel to grain, is high.
Physical Properties: Sapele is rated as moderately durable and works fairly well with hand and machine tools. It saws without difficulty. The interlocked grain tends to tear easily in planning. Sapele finishes well, with good gluing and nailing properties. It stains well and is suited to a variety of finishes retaining its color over time.
Uses: furniture, cabinetwork and decorative moldings, carvings, decorative face veneer for cabinets and marquetry. Veneer is also used for paneling and plywood faces. Its durability makes it a good choice for flooring and joinery.
Interior/Exterior: Both interior and exterior.
Origin: West Africa.