Obeche Cut to Size

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Estimated dispatch 08/12/2023

Originating from West Africa, our Cut-To-Size Obeche Timber is a popular wood for a range of different interior joinery, furniture projects and more. With a colour spectrum ranging from white to pale straw, Obeche is a hardwood characterised by its interlocked grain, medium to coarse texture and gorgeous natural sheen.

This timber is a workable material that is light and soft yet relatively strong - carving, glueing, staining and finishing effectively.

Name: Triplochiton scleroxylon

Uses: Interior joinery, furniture, picture frames, veneer, plywood, carvings, furniture, interior joinery projects, veneer, carvings, interior millwork.

Country of Origin: Found most prolifically in tropical areas of West Africa as well as Central Africa, Obeche hardwood is common in Nigeria, Ghana, the Ivory Coast and Cameroon. The habitat that suits Obeche is lowland half-deciduous forests, disused cultivated ground and old secondary forests that have soil and weather conditions conducive to the growth of Obeche trees.

Woodshop’s Preferred Finish: Rustins Danish Oil

Durability: Non Durable (Less than 5 years)

Density: 390 Density (Kg/m³)

Colour(s): The heartwood is typically pale yellow in colour and the variation between the sapwood and heartwood is not noticeable. The colours will darken as the wood matures.

The Timber: This West African hardwood is defined by its almost indistinguishable heartwood and sapwood colour difference, creamy to pale yellow colour and lightweight composition. It’s a relatively soft and non-durable wood with a fine texture and interlocking grain. Obeche also has an attractive natural lustre and is a very lightweight choice for woodworking.

Strength: Although lightweight, Obeche cut-to-size hardwood has a solid strength-to-weight ratio that you can rely on for the woodworking projects that this timber favours. It is also pretty stable but the sapwood can be susceptible to insect and fungal-related damage so bear this in mind in the treatment and staining phase.

Working Qualities: Obeche is very easy to work with and its strong yet soft composition makes it the perfect choice for carving and similar detailed or artistic work. It will glue, stain and finish well and is stable when in use. When machining, the interlocking grain may cause some rough edges, but these can easily be sanded and smoothed away to create a desirable finish.

Obeche has a fine texture and is easily workable.

Uses: Internal, External

Customer Reviews

20 Reviews

Excellent quality

by Elmlea (11/24/2022)

Used to make new blades for ceiling fan. Wood cut to required size, just had to shape and drill it.

Planed All Round Obeche Timber

by E.mcelduff (01/03/2022)

excellent service - see my earlier comment

Excellent product

by Pmajuh (09/24/2021)

The timber pieces ordered arrived on time, planed and cut accurately to the specified dimensions. Thanks


by Tomhodges1990 (09/01/2021)

The product was as described. It’s a very light wood and because of the porous nature does damage relatively east when knocked. The colour is light and very similar to the pictures shown. I would advise asking for a sample. This arrived quickly for me and was helpful in making my decision to purchase


by Les.sapsford (09/01/2021)

Nice product. Well packed.

Good for drawer sides

by Gowen160 (08/07/2021)

Light, moderately easy to work, but not so easy to plane faces. Wouldn't choose this for appearance, so ideal for drawer sides.


by Davslwd (06/30/2021)

Lovely light wood, should be great for guitar building, watch this space I'll be ordering more

Really good quality

by Baileyontour (04/13/2021)

Wood excellent to work with, no knots, straight grain, easy to saw and no splitting when screwing without pilot hole. Excellent finish, just need a quick sand to get nice and smooth.

Love this timber

by Peter_lincraddy (03/31/2021)

Lovely to work with and lovely to look at. Nice wood and looks great.

Uniform and lightweight

by Wobhead (02/11/2021)

Everything came well wrapped. The colour of this species is really pale and uniform but looked great for my application.

Delivery Information

  • Express delivery on all orders once machined.
  • Click & Collect is available from our Falmouth store.
  • All orders are expertly packed to ensure against damages.
  • Delivery costs will be automatically calculated using the weight, size and delivery location of your order so delivery rates will vary. 

Palletised Delivery Information

  • Due to the size and weight of goods, some items will be sent via a roadside palletised delivery.
  • We will contact you prior to dispatch to arrange a convenient weekday delivery.
  • If a large curtain-sided lorry (the size of a double-decker bus) is unable to access/vacate your premises or pull-up outside the property (restricted access) your pallet may be sent on a ‘Book-In’ service, which means your local depot will contact you and arrange a date and suitable delivery transport with you. Your local delivery depot will call the next working day after dispatch to book the delivery with you for delivery within 5 working days.
  • If a large curtain-sided lorry (the size of a double-decker bus) is able to access your premises and pull up outside the property, your pallet can be delivered on the next weekday suitable for you. Please let us know by 11:00 am the day before, so that we can dispatch in time. 
  • Please be aware, if a forklift is unavailable at the delivery address (e.g. a residential address) people will be required to unload from the pallet by hand. This is for the health and safety of the delivery driver.

  • We use a third-party courier service who have a strict policy on abuse or harassment towards their drivers. In any case where there is abuse or harassment, the driver is within their rights to refuse delivery.

  • It is your responsibility to dispose of all packaging and pallets, this is for the health and safety of the delivery driver.

Please download Pallettrack's Home Delivery guide for more information on their roadside delivery service.



  • If you wish to arrange a collection with a courier of your choice then we are more than happy to package the goods for you. Please email us your full cutting list for specific prices and estimated weight and dimensions.
  • Contactless collection is an option for any order. Our collections take place at our workshop in Falmouth, Cornwall between the hours of 9 am-4 pm any weekday excluding bank holidays.
  • We will contact you once the goods are ready to collect, so a convenient timeslot can be arranged. 

Returns should be sent to the following address:

Sprucewool Ltd 
Bickland Business Centre
Tregoniggie Industrial Estate
Bickland Water Road
TR11 4SN

Please see our full returns policy in our terms of supply document (Clause 9)