Wenge Wood

Wenge Wood Lumber is a visually striking hardwood used for strip flooring, joinery, cabinetry and decorative veneers. Wenge wood lumber is also used as a hickory substitute in sporting goods. Wenge wood is a good wood for turning and is sliced for paneling and veneers for furniture and cabinets.

Stock Information

Species Information

  • CUTS: Flatsawn, Quartersawn
  • SIZES: 4/4, 5/4, 6/4, 8/4, 12/4
  • DRYING: Kiln-Dried (KD)
  • OTHER NAMES: Panga Panga
  • ORIGIN: Tanzania, Mozambique and the Congo
  • APPEARANCE: Heartwood dark brown to almost black with alternate layers of light and dark tissue forming a decorative figure; sapwood yellowish white, clearly demarcated. Texture rather coarse; grain straight. But unlike most other woods, Wenge is reported to become lighter when exposed to light
  • DENSITY: Janka scale hardness is 1,630 for dry material
  • WEIGHT: 50 –  60 lbs. / cu. ft., or approximately 4.2 –  5 lbs. per board foot
  • DRYING: Wenge seasons well and rather rapidly with little degrade. Wenge rather slowly but also without much distortion
  • WORKABILITY: Sawing and machining somewhat difficult, rapid blunting of cutting edges occurs, turns well, difficult to glue if resinous
  • DURABILITY: Heartwood is rated as very durable and resistant to termite attack.
  • PRESERVATION: Heartwood extremely resistant to impregnation; sapwood moderately resistant to permeable.
  • FINISHING: Finishes very smoothly, and takes a high polish

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