Sapele is native to tropical Africa and a commercially important hardwood reminiscent of mahogany. This species has beautiful, lustrous iridescence with colors that range from light pink to brown and gold to red. On quartered surfaces the wood presents a well defined ribbon striped figure. The grain is interlocked or wavy and the texture is fine. The lumber has a cedar like aromatic odor when cut. Sapele can be troublesome to work in some machining operations, resulting in tearout due to its interlocked grain. It will also react when put into direct contact with iron, becoming discolored and stained.
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