Ribbon Stripe Sapele from Midwest Woodworking
I’ve got my own personal favorites when it comes to wood species. Sapele is at the top of my list. It has all of the beautiful color of mahogany, it’s easy to work with, and has a scent of nutmeg, cinnamon and pine when it is freshly cut. I always have at least one big stick on hand for a project or two.
The supply of Sapele at Midwest Woodworking is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. Ribbon stripe figure throughout, chatoyance shifts in the light and boards ranging from 5/4 all the way through 10/4 (actually a bit over at 52mm). My most recent project, delivered earlier this evening used just two boards on my Ten Degree Bench. One 16′ long x 10/4 x 12″ wide stick, and then a 14′ long, 6/4 x 24″ wide plank. You can get the pricing for sapele and other stuff for sale at Midwest by clicking on this link. Stay tuned for some more updates on this August 16-17 Mega Sale including veneer flitch prices and a gallery of equipment for sale.
As for what the sapele looks like when finished, I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.