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KD Sapele Sapele is a hardwood tree that is native to tropical Africa. It belongs to the Entandrophragma genus and its scientific name is Entandrophragma cylindricum. The tree can grow up to 45 metres tall, with a trunk diameter of up to 1.5 metres, and has a straight bole that is clear of branches for up to 25 metres. The wood is reddish-brown in colour, with a fine and even texture, and a straight to interlocked grain. Sapele is a popular choice for both interior and exterior applications due to its durability, strength, and attractive appearance. It is commonly used for flooring, paneling, decking, doors, windows, and furniture. The wood is also resistant to decay and insect attack, which makes it ideal for use in humid and tropical environments. Sapele is a sustainable timber source, with forests being managed for selective harvesting to ensure future growth. The wood is readily available and affordable, which makes it a popular choice for both commercial and domestic applications. The wood is known for its stability and resistance to warping, which makes it ideal for use in furniture and cabinetry. Sapele is also known for its exceptional workability, as it can be easily machined, sanded, and finished to achieve a smooth surface. It is also highly receptive to stains and finishes, which allows it to be customised to suit a variety of design styles and preferences. Sapele wood has interlocking grain, which can make it more challenging to work with compared to woods with a straight grain pattern. The interlocking grain can cause tear-out and splintering during cutting and machining processes. It requires careful attention and the use of sharp tools to achieve clean cuts and smooth surfaces. Working with Sapele wood may require additional effort and expertise to achieve the desired results.
Category Hardwoods / African Far Eastern Hardwoods Botanitcal Name Entandrophragma Cylindricum Origin African Uses Furniture making, boat building, flooring, doors etc
Density 640 kg/m3 Colour Medium to Dark reddish brown Grain Wavy or Interlocked Texture Fairly Fine