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African Sapele

African Sapele
African Sapele

 

Timber Specification for African Sapele

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African sapele

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.

Uses

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.

Appearance

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.

 

Characteristics

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.

Working properties

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.

Finishing

Care required when staining.

Gives an excellent polished finish.

 

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