Overview Of Sapele Wood
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: pommel, quilted, mottled, wavy, beeswing and fiddleback.
Working Properties Of Sapele Wood
Sapele can be troublesome to work in some machining operations, (i.e., planning, routing, etc.), resulting in tear out 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.
Main Uses Of Sapele Wood
- Boat Building
- Musical instruments