sapele wood


Once considered a more refined member of the mahogany family, Sapele is now being used as the industry standard for doors, windows and moldings due to the restrictions on South American Mahogany.  It has a peaceful nature and a medium texture.  It is used for both veneers and lumber and is highly prized when figured.  Sapele is now also being used as a tonewood.  The trees can grow huge, 4’ diameter logs are not uncommon.

  • Used for both veneers and lumber
  • Tonewood
  • Needs to be carefully monitored to insure it is not over harvested
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Characteristics of Sapele

Origin of Wood Type Africa
Botanical Name Entandrophragma cylindricum
Specific Gravity 0.62
Avg. Weight Per BF 3.25 lb/ bf
Color Range Red – Brown
Rarity / Availability Readily Available
Typical Avg. Width 4″ to 15″, can be found up to 67″ wide
Typical Avg. Length 8′ to 16′
Avg. Waste Factor 0.3
Wood Uses Fine Furniture, Cabinetry, Architectural Millwork, Instrument Making, Wood Turning, Boat Building, Outdoor Construction, Counter Tops, Flooring, Veneer and many other uses
Lumber Grades Common 1 & 2, FAS, Quartersawn, Quartersawn (Figured), Flitch, Figured (Heavy), Figured (Medium), Veneer
Other Trade Names Sapelewood, Aboudikrou, Sapelli, Gold Coast Cedar, Penkwa
Sapele Lumber Pricing
Sapele Hardwood Flooring

Sample Pictures of Sapele

Please Note: The photos below are examples of the species and may no longer be products available for sale.

All pictures of wood that appear wet, have been sprayed with denatured alcohol to show the natural color.  We use denatured alcohol because it evaporates and does not affect the moisture content.