Sapele Cut to Size

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Estimated dispatch 08/12/2023

Our planed all round cut-to-size Sapele is a widely used and popular Redwood timber, similar to Mahogany. This hardwood product features a deep, rich finish suited to furniture projects, conservatories and much more. Sapele timber is characterised by its heavy strength and durability, interlocked grain and natural lustre. The versatile wood also benefits from a distinctive red-brown colour that darkens as it matures and ages.

Our cut-to-size Sapele can require a little more expertise and care when working with machines, however, it nails, screws and glues effectively and finishes beautifully. 

Name: Entandrophragma cylindricum

Uses: Furniture, windows, conservatories, doors, cabinets, decorative work, joinery, veneer, panelling, cabinet trims, flooring, worktops, desktops, shelving, windows, conservatories, boatbuilding, breakfast bars. A class one hardwood, Sapele can be used as an alternative to Brazilian mahogany, offering a much cheaper option.

Country of Origin: Emanating from tropical Africa, this tree can be found in areas ranging from the Ivory Coast to the Cameroons and Zaire to Uganda. Its habitat is usually semi-deciduous forests but evergreen forests can also be a great place for Sapele trees to grow. Sapele grows best in well-drained soils and is notable for being able to tolerate dry forest surroundings more than related tree species.

Woodshop’s Preferred Finish: Osmo 1101 Extra Thin Wood Wax, Osmo UV 420, Osmo 007 Teak Oil

Durability: Moderately Durable (10 - 15 years)

Density: 640 Density (Kg/m³)

Colour(s): The heartwood is a reddish brown that resembles Mahogany and darkens as it matures. It will look pink or pale red when newly cut.

The Timber: This tropical African hardwood is characterised by its rich, deep, Mahogany-like appearance. It typically has a fine, close texture and a gentle undulating or mottled grain that is often interlocking. It has a medium hardness and an attractive lustre with a uniform stripy appearance on quarter-sawn boards.

Strength: Considerably harder and heavier than African or American sourced Mahogany, Sapele is also resilient to denting and resistant to shock loads, making it a highly practical choice for your next project. It’s also highly stable and can be very durable against decay and insect attack. Its strength is most comparable to that of English Oak.

Working Qualities: Owing to its strength and hardness, it can require some extra work when machining and can blunt certain cutters. However, it does nail, screw and glue effectively and finishes beautifully. To minimise the risk of tear-outs of this cut-to-size hardwood, take extra care, use high-quality equipment or seek the expertise and advice of an experienced woodworker. 

Uses: Internal, External

Customer Reviews

157 Reviews

As ordered, no problems

by Centurian1962 (06/20/2023)

Great quality wood. Arrived on time, looks great. I'll be using woodshop direct again soon.

Expensive but quality is excellent

by Micahel4423 (06/16/2023)

Timber used to restore an old garden seat.

Sepele timber

by Sarah (05/12/2023)

From ordering, delivery to receiving the sepele wood has been faultless. Thank you.

Great Product

by Garyjameshughes (04/23/2023)

Quality and final finish is superb.


by Jan (03/31/2023)

Really well cut, exactly as ordered. Very good quality. Will use again.

Top Quality

by Steven.eastwood (03/08/2023)

I purchased for pieces of wood to make table legs, the quality was perfect for this job. Perfectly plained and real quality pieces. The job turned out better than I expected. Really happy with this company.

Sapele planed

by Trevor.turpin (12/19/2022)

Great !great


by Adnicholson001 (11/14/2022)

Ordered wood to repair parquet flooring. Multiple pieces 7mm thick which we couldn't find elsewhere. Quick turnaround. Arrived well packaged and exactly what we wanted. Highly recommended

Sapele wood for skirting

by Martin.sanderson9999 (10/20/2022)

Excellent quality product and purchasing experience Would definitely use again.


by Jeremyjapayne (09/16/2022)

Precisely cut to order.

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)