Sapele is a West African wood, growing from Ghana south to Cameroon. It is often referred to as “African Mahogany”. It has a very similar look to Honduras Mahogany, but is almost twice as hard which makes it much more suitable for flooring.
- Heartwood a medium to fairly dark reddish brown to purplish brown; sapwood whitish or pale yellow, distinct.
- Mechanical Properties:
- Janka side hardness 1,020 lb. for green and 1,500 lb. for dry material. Shrinkage green to ovendry: radial 4.6%; tangential 7.4%; volumetric 14.0%.
- 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.
- Heartwood is moderately durable, resistant to termite attack variable. Sapwood liable to powder-post beetle attack.
- Hardwood flooring, furniture and cabinetwork, decorative moldings, joinery, paneling.