Wednesday, 17 November 2021 20:50

Could Sapele Work For You?

If you have been in the hardwood industry for a while, there is no doubt you have heard about the tropical hardwood species known as Sapele. This highly desirable species has taken over the US market as the primary mahogany species used. Traditionally Genuine Mahogany and African Mahogany were used, but that changed in the early 2000s.Sapele

Sapele is readily available in Africa, Typically, it is sourced from the Congo basin which includes the main exporters of Cameroon and Congo. It can also be sourced from Ghana and the Ivory Coast. The difference seen in Sapele sourced here is a lighter color that is less coveted by US and Canadian customers.

What is surprising to some is that Sapele is the most uniformly colored “Mahogany” species available. An added benefit is that it is really easy to work with and machines nicely. It should be noted that there is a significant difference between the flat sawn Sapele lumber and Quartersawn Sapele lumber. To make sure our customers get exactly what they need we separate the flat sawn product and the quartersawn product after kiln drying to better meet the specific needs of our customers.

What is Sapele commonly used in? Since it is such a versatile tropical hardwood species you can find it almost anywhere! From millwork, windows, doors, musical instruments, furniture, and more.

Sapele lumber is offered in a wide variety of lengths and widths. Commonly, we carry it from 4/4 all the way up to 16/4 thicknesses.

Could Sapele be a good fit for you? Give us a call. We are happy to help you get the hardwood lumber you need!

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