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04-08-2019 05:57 PM

Long story short, I got out of woodworking a few years ago when I became a father, and now I’m getting back in. I purchased this board from Woodcraft just before I left the hobby, and now I can’t remember what species it is. I know it’s not Mahogany (at least I know it wasn’t labeled as Mahogany)... Sapele maybe? I don’t know…. What do you guys think?

-- JP, Louisville, KY

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#1 posted 04-08-2019 06:04 PM

Looks a lot like Sapele which is, by the way, a mahogany. I find it has a sweet odor when sawn.

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#2 posted 04-08-2019 06:08 PM

ditto on the sapele.

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#3 posted 04-08-2019 06:27 PM

Looks a lot like Sapele which is, by the way, a mahogany. I find it has a sweet odor when sawn.

- Jeff

I would have said mahogany too. Isn’t sapele a mahogany with a reddish hue to it? This doesn’t seem to have that hue.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#4 posted 04-08-2019 06:36 PM

It also looks identical to Okoume, a hardwood from Gabon (central west Africa) – although most of it comes in the form of plywood. Pygmy Boats, in Port Townsend, WA, has produced kayak kits in both Sapele & Okoume (mostly the latter.)

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#5 posted 04-08-2019 11:22 PM

It looks like Sapele.
Sapele is a good Mahogany substitute, but it isn’t a true Mahogany.

-- It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. Aristotle

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#6 posted 04-08-2019 11:29 PM

Sapele – ribbon figure in QS areas and sweet cedar like smell when cut/sanding is sure sign.
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