Sapele | Sapelli
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Available In: Armstrong, Mirage, Mullican.
Botanical name: Entandrophragma cylindricum.
Grows in: Ivory Coast to the Cameroons and eastward through Zaire to Uganda.
General Characteristics: Heartwood a medium to fairly dark reddish brown or purplish brown; sapwood whitish or pale yellow, distinct. Texture rather fine; grain interlocked, sometimes wavy, producing a narrow, uniform, roe figure on quartered surfaces; lustrous; without a distinctive taste but with a cedarlike scent.
Working Properties: Works fairly well with hand and machine tools, tends to tear interlocked grain in planing, saws easily, finishes well, good gluing and nailing properties, satisfactory peeling and slicing.
Durability: Heartwood is moderately durable, resistance to termite attack variable. Sapwood liable to powder-post beetle attack.
Preservation: Heartwood resistant; sapwood moderately resistant.
Uses: Furniture and cabinetwork, decorative veneers, plywood, joinery, flooring, paneling.