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KD Utile Utile, also known as Sipo or Entandrophragma utile, is a hardwood tree that is native to tropical West Africa. It belongs to the Entandrophragma genus, which also includes Sapele, and is closely related to Mahogany. The tree can grow up to 45 metres tall, with a trunk diameter of up to 1.5 metres, and has a straight bole that is clear of branches for up to 25 metres. The wood is light to medium reddish-brown in colour, with a fine and even texture, and a straight to interlocked grain. Utile is a popular choice for both interior and exterior applications due to its durability, strength, and attractive appearance. It is commonly used for flooring, paneling, decking, doors, windows, and furniture. The wood is also resistant to decay and insect attack, which makes it ideal for use in humid and tropical environments. Utile is a sustainable timber source, with forests being managed for selective harvesting to ensure future growth. The wood is readily available and affordable, which makes it a popular choice for both commercial and domestic applications. The wood is known for its stability and resistance to warping, which makes it ideal for use in furniture and cabinetry. Utile is also known for its exceptional workability, as it can be easily machined, sanded, and finished to achieve a smooth surface. It is also highly receptive to stains and finishes, which allows it to be customised to suit a variety of design styles and preferences. Utile wood is known for its interlocked grain pattern, which can make it challenging to work with. The interlocked grain can cause tear-out, splintering, and difficulty in obtaining smooth and clean cuts. It requires the use of sharp tools, proper techniques, and careful attention to detail to achieve the desired results. Woodworkers may need to take extra care and employ specialized methods to work effectively with Utile wood.
Category Hardwoods / African Far Eastern Hardwoods Botanitcal Name Entandrophragma Utile Origin African Uses Furniture making, boat building, flooring, doors etc
Density 660 kg/m3 Colour From Pink / Brown to Red Brown Grain Interlocked Texture Uniformly moderate