Heartwood is medium to dark-reddish brown with a medium texture, high-luster, pale yellow sapwood.
Fine, interlocked grain. It may also yield a wavy grain that produces a distinctive roe figure on quartered surfaces.
Moderately durable and works fairly well with hand and machine tools. It saws without difficulty, however, the interlocked grain tends to tear easily in planning. Sapele finishes well, with good gluing and nailing properties. It stains well and is suited to a variety of finishes retaining its color over time.
Very hard, dense, strong wood. Poor steam bending characteristics.
furniture, cabinetwork and decorative moldings, carvings, decorative face veneer for cabinets and marquetry. Veneer is also used for paneling and plywood faces. Its durability makes it a good choice for flooring and joinery.
Both Interior and Exterior