Latin Name: Entandrophragma cylindricum
Family: Meliaceae - the Mahogany family
Other Common Name(s): Aboudikro, Assi, Assie Sapelli, Libuyu, Lifari, M'boyo, Muyovu, Penkwa, Sapele Mahogany, Sapeli, Sapelii, Scented Mahogany, Undianuno
Suitable for Exterior/Interior Use
Interior and Exterior
Carving, Cabinetry, Exterior Trim, Flooring, Furniture, Interior Trim, Millwork, Moulding, Shipbuilding
Sapele grows in Africa, from Ghana, to the Congo, and Uganda. Sapele grows in all different types of forests from hardwood to softwood, even transitional forests.
General Description: The sapwood is a whitish-gray to pale yellow in color, and is distinct from the heartwood. The heartwood is pink when fresh cut, and darkens to a light red to dark reddish-brown, that may have a purple hue. The grain is typically interlocked. The interlocked grain can produce a ropey or ribbon like figure on quarter sawn stock. The texture is usually medium to fine.
Price Range ($ least expensive, $$$$$ most expensive):
Weight (lbs/BF): 3.5
Specific Gravity: 0.48-0.62
Modulus of Rupture (psi): 10,230-17,890
Modulus of Elasticity (1,000 psi): 1,390-1,700
Side Hardness (lbs): 1510
It is reported to have a cedar like aromatic smell when working.
4/4 FAS - Quartered
5/4 FAS - Quartered
6/4 FAS - Quartered
8/4 FAS - Quartered
10/4 FAS - Quartered
12/4 FAS - Quartered