Color Variation in Hardwood Lumber

Rob wanted to provide some insight into what to looks for and expect when it comes to color variation in a variety of the hardwood we offer. He provide some insight into the causes of color variation and how to solve for it. By Rob Nienaber  I had been in the domestic Hardwood business for…

African Mahogany vs Sapele vs Utile Lumber

  There are five woods from African considered as ‘Redwoods’ (Mahoganies or Mahogany looking and substitutes).  Theses woods are in order of cost from least to most: Okoume, Tiama (also known as Edinam), Sapele, African Mahogany (has several names), and Utile (Sipo). The woods we stock at Thompson Mahogany are: African Mahogany/Khaya, Sapele and Utile/Sipo. Thompson…

How to Make a Sapele Counter:

Here’s an  interesting video online on how to make, finish, and install a Sapele counter top. It showcases really beautiful work and is well explained by Jon Peters. Sapele is a very beautiful hardwood from Africa that can have great ribboning when quarter sewn. It is very popular for furniture, cabinets, and, as you can…