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Wenge

Wenge Species 

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Species - Imported

Top portion is finished with water-base finish; bottom with oil-based finish


Appearance

Color: Heartwood is yellow-brown when freshly cut, turning dark-brown to almost black with alternate layers of light and dark. Sapwood is yellowish-white and clearly demarcated from heartwood.

Grain:  Straight when quarter sawn; coarse texture.

Variations:  Within Species And Grades: Moderate variations in color.

Workability

Sawing/Machining: Difficult due to rapid dulling of tools; carbide tooling recommended.

Sanding: Moderately difficult. Particular attention should be paid to removing the scratches from the previous sanding.

Nailing: No known problems.

Finishing: Staining may be difficult.

Comments: Dermatological and respiratory allergic potential. Origin: Africa
 

Properties

Hardness/Janka: 1630; (26% harder than Northern red oak).

Dimensional Stability: Excellent (5.8; 33% more stable than red oak). However, actual installations have demonstrated significant movement in use.

Durability: Availability

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