Sipo / Utile

Formal Name: Entandrophragma utile
Color: Sapwood is light brown in color and is well demarcated from the heartwood. Heartwood is a pinkish-brown to a red-brown, which can even have a purple tint.
Shade: Medium
Grain: Usually broadly interlocked, producing a ribbon figure or a wide, often irregular stripe on quarter-sawn surfaces.
Workability: Works fairly easily, with hand and machine tools, but it may char during boring. An interlocked grain may cause some tearing of the wood during moulding. It is easy to saw and it can be planed to a perfect finish. It holds together well using all modern adhesives and glues and provides moderate hold when nail or screws are used. Acquires a fine sheen when polished, which is highly valued in furniture finishing.
Physical Properties: Moderate hardness and weight. Medium bending and crushing strengths. Wood bending is difficult and not recommended.
Uses: Furniture, cabinets, joinery, paneling and stair parts. It is a popular material for decorative plywood and decorative veneer and has been used in boat construction.
Interior/Exterior: both interior and exterior
Origin: West and Central Africa

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