Utile Cut to Size

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Estimated dispatch 08/12/2023

Regarded as a versatile, high-class hardwood, Cut-To-Size Utile Timber is a durable woodworking material imported from West Africa and known for its rich, uniform shade of red. A species related to Sapele and a great alternative to mahogany, Utile hardwood is also characterised by its attractive grain and high-quality finish. Available cut-to-size at Woodshop Direct.

Responds incredibly well to glues, nails, stains and polishes and is perfect for furniture, joinery, cabinet making and exterior work. Offers all the strength of standard mahogany with a strikingly exotic and distinctive look.

Name: Entandrophragma utile

Uses: Cabinets, furniture, doors, windows, construction, exterior and interior joinery, flooring, worktops, desktops, shelving.

Country of Origin: Central and West Africa. Found in abundance throughout almost all of tropical Africa towards the Atlantic; from Guinea to Angola, and Sierra Leone eastwards towards Uganda. This tree is most common in moist, semi-deciduous forests and sometimes evergreen forests, preferring well-drained areas on deep soils.

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

Durability: Moderately Durable (10 - 15 years)

Density: 660 Density (Kg/m³)

Colour(s): A consistent reddy-brown heartwood and an easily distinguishable light yellow sapwood. The reddy-brown heartwood looks similar to Mahogany and will darken with age.

The Timber: Sometimes called Sipo Mahogany, Entandrophragma utile is a very durable, medium hardness tropical hardwood with an interlocking grain, a fairly consistent medium texture and mild natural lustre. Quarter-sawn surfaces reveal an inconsistent wide stripe or ribbon pattern.

Strength: A heavy-density wood with strength qualities similar to American Mahogany; Utile is considered to have medium to good durability in terms of its rot resistance properties. Its resistance to insect attacks is disputable and requires special treatments or a more resilient wood species from our timber range if your project needs additional durability.

Working Qualities: Utile works well when used with machine and hand tools, without causing any severe blunting of your cutters and tools. When cut-to-size, this hardwood will turn and carve well and responds incredibly well to glues, nails, screws, stains and polishes.

In recent years Utile has seen a rise in popularity, with many using it instead of Brazilian mahogany. It also machines better than many African redwoods.

Uses: Internal, External

Customer Reviews

51 Reviews


by Misslowbridge (03/29/2023)

Just the job

Utile blocks

by Phil.mcguigan (03/09/2023)

Utile blocks as part of a project. This is the third time I have used Woodshop Direct, always for machined Utile blocks as part of an ongoing project. The dimensions and finish are always consistent, quality is good, packaging and delivery is good, all for a reasonable price. No problems.

Loved it

by Shaun (12/07/2022)

Good all round work, timber appears to be of good quality hopefully it will last many years. Delivered on time

Oak planed timber for difficult partial repair of porch frame

by Nigel (09/10/2022)

Wood sizes were accurate and the quality of the wood was excellent. The product was well protected with special cardboard edge protectors and wrapped with protective plastic film. This was good not just for transporting but for storage for a number of months before work could begin during a dry spell in the summer. End product was 'looks like new'.

As ordered, surprisingly perfect.

by Tomjcarr04 (06/05/2022)

The product is as described and it came in the size I specified with no defects or warping. The wood was throughly protected with several layers inckuding cardboard and bubblewrap. Would recommend.

Very Happy

by Morris196 (05/18/2022)

Thank you

Utile timber for gate

by K.knudsen (10/09/2021)

They delivered very quick and the quality was brilliant would recommend and would use again

Great quality

by Jmorley_kirk (07/29/2021)

Also added rounded edges. V happy.

Hard wood strip for bifold packer

by Pnicholls700 (07/20/2021)

Very good service. The wood came pretty much exactly when they said it would. It was sawn precisely to the size that I asked for. I would definitely use them again.


by Jillsedge10 (06/25/2021)

Beautiful ly joined. Invisible actually. Well finished item of correct size

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)