Also Known As:
Sapele, Sapelli (Entandrophragma cylindricum)
Where It's From:
Why It's Special:
Sapele has a distinct, cedar-like scent while being worked. It is occasionally used as a substitute for Genuine Mahogany, and is sometimes referred to as “Sapele Mahogany.”
How It Works:
Workable of Sapele can be troublesome to work in some machining (planing, routing,), 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.
Heartwood is a medium to dark reddish brown or purplish brown. Color tends to darken with age.
Furniture, cabinetry, flooring, boadbuilding, musical instruments, and turning are all common applications of Sapele wood.