Scientific name: Entadrophagma cylindricum Sprague

Other names: English: Sapelli, Abebay

Geographic origin: Africa


&;8226; Sapwood: Pink white to pink grey.
&;8226; Heartwood: pink at the time of sawing and reddish grey with purpule shades with the lights effects.
&;8226; Fiber: Straight. Slightly intertwined fibers are very frequent.
&;8226; Grain: Thin to medium size



&;8226; Interior furniture and cabinet work and exterior. Bent furniture. Turned furniture.
&;8226; Interior carpentry, doors, paneling, molding, baseboad, friezes, parquet flooring.
&;8226; Exterior Carpentry; Doors and windows.
&;8226; Decorative panels

Capacity of being impregnated

&;8226; Sapwood: Medium capacity of being impregnated
&;8226; Heartwood: Low capacity of being impregnated


&;8226; Sawing process: No difficulties.
&;8226; Drying process: Medium to low speed. Little risk of deformation and crack formation.
&;8226; Planing process: No difficulties appart from risk of repelling produced by the intertwined fiber. Good bending.
&;8226; Gluing process: No difficulties.
&;8226; Nailing and screwing process: No difficulties.
&;8226; Finish: No difficulties

Physical properties

&;8226; Apparent density at 12% humidity 680 kg/m3 semi-heavy wood
&;8226; Dimensional stability
- Volumetric contraction coefficient 0.43 % varies from very stable wood to lightly nervous wood.
- Relation between contractions 1.55% no tendency to deformity
&;8226; Hardness (Chaláis-Meudon) 3.9 semi-hardwood


Mechanical properties

&;8226; Resistance to static flexion 1,150 kg/cm2 &;8226; Elasticity module 120,000 kg/cm2
&;8226; Resistance to compression 590 kg/cm2
&;8226; Resistance to parallel traction 860 kg/cm2



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