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Timber Specification for African Utile


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African Utile

African Utile is a reddish-brown timber, similar in appearance and properties to sapele, but less liable to distort during drying and in subsequent use.


Suitable for doors, windows, furniture, cabinet work, interior and exterior joinery and construction work.


Colour – The sapwood colour is light brown and distinct from the heartwood. The heartwood colour is fairly uniform reddish or purplish-brown.

Grain – The grain of African Utile is Interlocked and rather irregular. The stripe figure of quartered stock is less marked than in Sapele.

Texture – The texture is more open than in Sapele owing to the larger size of the pores.


Strength – Comparable to European Beech.

Weight – 660 kg/m³.

Natural Durability – The sapwood of African Utile is liable to attack by powder-post beetles. Reported to be moderately resistant to termites in West Africa. Heartwood is durable.

Ease Of Drying – Dries at a moderate rate. Tendency for original shakes to extend and for distortion in the form of a twist to develop, but distortion is not generally severe.

Preservative Treatment – Extremely resistant to preservative treatment.

Working properties

Sawing – Satisfactory.

Boring Qualities – Twist-fluted drills most suitable. A tendency to charring. Support required at drill exit.

Planing – A cutting angle of 15 degrees required to avoid tearing of interlocked grain.

Blunting Effect On Cutters – Moderate.

Gluing – Good.

Nailing – Satisfactory.

Wood Bending – Buckles severely when bent to any appreciable extent. Classification – Very poor.


Staining and Polishing – Satisfactory when filled.


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