Sapele, Sapelli, Sapeli mahogany

Scientific name:  Entandrophragma cylindricum

Description:   Heartwood is a golden to dark reddish-brown. Colour tends to darken with age. Besides the common ribbon pattern seen on quartersawn boards, sapele is also known for a wide variety of other figured grain patterns, such as: pommele, quilted, mottled, wavy, beeswing, and fiddleback.  Grain is interlocked, and sometimes wavy with a fine uniform texture and good natural lustre.

Properties:  Sapele can be troublesome to work in planning and 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.

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