Sapele Entandrophragma cylindricum

Entandrophragma cylindricum
Density: 640kg/m3


The sapwood is pale yellowish or whitish. The heartwood is pinkish when freshly cut darkening to typical mahogany colour of reddish brown. Sapele is characterised by a marked and regular stripe on the quarter cut face.


Working Properties:

Works fairly well with hand and machine tools but the interlocking grain is often a problem in planeing and moulding. Glues satisfactorily, stains and polishes well.

Physical Properties:

Sapele in much harder than African mahogany and is equal in strength to English oak. It dries rapidly with a tendancy to distort quarter sawn material is less likely to degrade in drying.


Moderately durable.

Main Uses:

Used for furniture, shop fitting, boat building and joinery.