Utile Wood

Utile Wood Lumber, also commonly known as Sipo, is used as an alternative to other Mahogany species. Utile wood is used in flooring, fine furniture and cabinetwork, joinery, decorative veneers, plywood and boat construction. Utile Wood has an interlocking grain like other African species, giving it an alternating light and dark banded look.

Stock Information

Species Information

  • GRADES: FAS/SEL
  • CUTS: Flatsawn, Quartersawn
  • SIZES: 4/4, 5/4, 6/4, 8/4, 16/4
  • DRYING: Kiln-Dried (KD)
  • OTHER NAMES: Sipo Mahogany
  • ORIGIN: Western and Central Africa
  • APPEARANCE: Heartwood fairly uniform red- or purple brown; well demarcated from the light brown sapwood. Texture medium; grain interlocked and rather irregular, has a less uniform stripe figure than Sapele; has a faint Cedar-like scent. Timber is corrosive to metals
  • DENSITY: Janka scale hardness is 1,260 for dry material
  • WEIGHT: 41 lbs. / cu. ft., or approximately 3.4 lbs. per board foot
  • DRYING: Air-dries at a slow to moderate rate with a slight to marked tendency to end-check and warp. Kiln-dries satisfactorily, usually with only slight degrade
  • WORKABILITY: Works fairly easily with hand and machine tools, interlocked grain may cause tearing in planing and shaping, finishes well, glues and nails easily
  • DURABILITY: Heartwood is moderately resistant to attack by decay fungi and termites. Sapwood is liable to attack by powder-post beetle.
  • PRESERVATION: Heartwood is extremely resistant to treatment; sapwood is easy to treat.
  • FINISHING: Finishes very smoothly, and takes a high polish

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