Sapele lumber and wood products Rhode Island and South Carolina

Sapele (Entandrophragma cylindricum) is also known as Sapelli, Sapeli or Sapele Mahogany which originated in Tropical Africa.

Sapele is a normally exported African wood species which is sold both in lumber and veneer form. Often used as a substitute for Genuine Mahogany or sometimes referred to as “Sapele Mahogany.

The wood has golden to dark reddish brown heartwood which tends to darken with age. Besides the common ribbon pattern seen on quartersawn boards, Sapele is also known for a wide diversity of other figured grain patterns, such as: pommele, quilted, beeswing, fiddle-back, mottled, and wavy. The Sapele wood has interlocked, and sometimes wavy grain with fine uniform texture and good natural luster. The Sapele tree grows at about 100 to 150 feet tall (30 to 45 meters) with average tree trunk of 3 to 5 feet in diameter (1 to 1.5 meters).

In terms of durability, Sapele is known for moderately durable to very sturdy against decay resistance with moderate rating for insect/borer resistance. Sapele can be troublesome to work in various machine operations, (i.e., planing, routing, etc.), 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.

Sapele wood was also used for veneer, plywood, furniture, cabinetry, flooring, boatbuilding, musical instruments, turned objects, and other small wooden specialty items.

Liberty Cedar is one of the leading quality Sapele wood suppliers in Rhode Island, South Carolina, Long Island, New York, Massachusetts, and Connecticut region. Visit Liberty Cedar and see our best quality Sapele supplies: Also please see our high quality interior and exterior wood products in our stock: You can also browse other wood species:

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Top quality specialty interior-exterior cedar wood and alternative builders supply from the best selection of lumber, hardwood flooring and decking, split rail fence & fences, lattice, timber, to roof shingles. With more than 25 years of service in Rhode Island, Long Island and New York City, Massachusetts, and Connecticut regions.

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