OTHER COMMON NAMES:
Awoung, Dikela, Mibotu, Bokonge, Tshikalakala, Nson-So, Palissandre Du Congo, Wenge
Often used as a substitute for Ebony, Wenge lends itself to a variety of uses and application, including furniture, flooring, paneling, and wood turning projects.
AVG BENDING STRENGTH:
The pale yellow sapwood of Wenge is distinct from the darker heartwood.
Wenge’s heartwood is a dark brownish-black, with a number of lighter colored streaks throughout.
Wenge generally has a straight grain.
Medium to coarse in texture, Wenge lumber possesses very large open pores.
Relatively low luster.
Wenge is typically considered to be stable.
Highly durable and resistant to both decay and insects.
Wenge shows an average to above-average blunting effect on cutting tools.
Wenge lumber typically saws very slowly.
Planes and machines with relative ease. Always use sharp knives and appropriate angles and feed rates.
Wenge is a popular choice for lathe work.
High resin content makes Wenge tough to glue.
Holds nails well, but pre-drilling is necessary.
Responds well to most screwing operations, but pre-drilling is necessary.
Filling of the large pores is often necessary to achieve satisfactory polishing results.
Staining of Wenge is typically not recommended. Clear natural finishes work best.