Common Name(s): Sapele, sapelli, sapeli mahogany
Scientific Name: Entandrophragma cylindricum
Distribution: Tropical Africa
Tree Size: 100-150 ft (30-45 m) tall, 3-5 ft (1-1.5 m) trunk diameter
Average Dried Weight: 665 kg/m3 (MC 12%)
Shrinkage: Radial: 5.2%, Tangential: 7.2%, Volumetric: 12.9%, T/R Ratio: 1.4
Color/Appearance: Heartwood is a golden to dark reddish brown. Color 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/Texture: Grain is interlocked, and sometimes wavy. Fine uniform texture and good natural luster.
Rot Resistance: Heartwood ranges from moderately durable to very durable in regard to decay resistance. Moderate insect/borer resistance.
Workability: Sapele can be troublesome to work in some machining  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.
Common Uses: Veneer, plywood, furniture, cabinetry, flooring, boatbuilding, musical instruments, turned objects, and other small wooden specialty items.
Comments: Sapele is a commonly exported and economically important African hardwood species. It’s  sold both in lumber and veneer form. It is occasionally used as a substitute for genuine mahogany, and is sometimes referred to as ‘sapele mahogany.’
 
Impressions
Sapeli mahogany - KD, Prime/Export, 28 x 165 mm (Homé Hout, 2024)