House Signs Made using Sapele Wood

sapele tree

Sapele (pronounced as Sa-peel-e) is a hardwood which makes it an excellent material for a sign as it is robust and hard.

This hardwood resembles mahogany as it is reddish – brown that grows darker with age, which makes it perfect for attaching a metal plaque on top of the sapele wood to lift the sign entirely.

Sapele sign should always be maintained to a high standard to ensure the sign looks its best, and this can be done by rubbing oil or varnish into the wood regularly.

Customers should seek out an experienced wood sign maker to create a sign from Sapele as it can be hard to engrave due to its interlocking natural grain, which can split when engraved into the wood.


  • Elegant look
  • Works well with metal plaques
  • Robust


  • Moderate durability
  • Interlocking grain
  • Cutting trees down unnecessarily results in loss of habitat for animal species and may increase the likelihood of flooding in local areas.

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