Alan McIlvain Company is a direct importer and stocks one of the largest Sapele lumber inventories in North America. Our extensive inventory and automated sorting technology allow us to offer sorts and grades no other suppliers can. Unlike typical suppliers we sort imported random width Sapele lumber by quartersawn and flatsawn as well as by width and length. This allows our customers to reduce waste and inventory by buying specifically what is needed for a job.
Common Names/Species: Aboudikroe, Penkwa, Assi, Sapele, Assie sapelli, Lifari, Sapeli
Scientific Name: Entandrophragma cylindricum
Description: Texture rather fine; grain interlocked; sometimes wavy. Lustrous. Works fairly well. Excellent substitute for Genuine Mahogany. Sapele is a great choice for high end exterior millwork such as doors, windows, porch rail, balusters, soffit material, cornices, shiplap and other types of trim. For interiors it is used as mahogany substitute for fine cabinetry, furniture and mouldings.
Common uses: Interior millwork, Exterior millwork, Furniture, Cabinetry, windows and doors
Description: White oak is mostly straight-grained with a medium to coarse texture, with longer rays than red oak. White oak therefore has more figure. White oak machines well, nails and screws well although pre-boring is advised. Since it reacts with iron, galvanized nails are recommended. Its adhesive properties are variable, but it stains to a good finish. Can be stained with a wide range of finish tones. The wood dries slowly.
Common uses: Architectural Millwork, Furniture, cabinets, flooring, boat building