Timber Specification for African Sapele
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African Sapele is a timber of the mahogany type. It has a well-marked stripe or roe figure which shows to advantage on accurately quarter-cut veneers.
Windows and doors. Widely used for furniture, joinery, shopfitting. Makes a good decorative floor for domestic and public buildings as it has moderate to high wearing qualities.
Colour – The sapwood is whitish/pale yellow. The heartwood is a medium to fairly dark reddish-brown wood. Occasional logs with wavy grain yield veneers with a highly decorative fiddle-back figure.
Grain – Interlocked and sometimes wavy.
Texture – Medium to fine
Strength – Comparable to European Beech
Weight – About 560 -690 kg/m³ average about 640 kg/m³ seasoned.
Ease Of Drying – Dries fairly rapidly but with a marked tendency to distort.
Movement In Service – Medium.
Preservative Treatment – Resistant. Sapwood moderately resistant.
Machining – Medium
Planing – Optimum cutting angle 15 degrees due to interlocked grain.
Sawing – Satisfactory
Blunting effect on cutters – moderate
Bending – Buckles and ruptures severely when bent
Nailing – Good
Gluing – Good
Care required when staining.
Gives an excellent polished finish.