SCIENTIFIC NAME: Entandrophragma Cylindricum


The grain of Sapele is figured, interlocked and irregular. Texture is fine. Movement in service is considered medium. Poor bending qualities but considered stronger than Khaya.


COUNTRIES OF DISTRIBUTION: Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Ivory Coast & Nigeria

ENVIRONMENTAL PROFILE: Secure in most areas of its range. Vulnerable in Cameroon and the Ivory Coast.

HEARTWOOD COLOUR: Red-brown to purple-brown colour.

SAPWOOD COLOUR: Paler than heartwood. Well-defined, yellow-white, pinkish to light brown.

WORKING PROPERTIES: Fairly difficult to work with hand tools. Machines well, bores, carves, glues, screws, turns and sands easily. A reduced cutting angle is recommended when moulding and planing as Sapele tends to tear when interlocked grain is present. Painting, polishing and staining yields good results.


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