Sapele makes a lasting impression in fine woodworking projects, especially when it’s quarter sawn with ribbon stripe figure. The wood is a lot like mahogany with a wonderful reddish brown color. But ribbon stripe figured sapele also comes in big, clear, and consistent boards with wandering ribbons running from end to end, and they’ll really make a superbly beautiful piece of furniture or cabinetry. Sure, you might think sapele with ribbon stripe figure would fetch a price too far outside of your budget, but think again. It’s actually a very affordable wood.
And in this short video, we show three different ways to finish sapele to make the ribbon figure look its best.