Wenge Wood Log is a visually striking hardwood used for strip flooring, joinery, cabinetry and decorative veneers. It is also used as a hickory substitute in sporting goods. Wenge wood log is a good wood for turning and is sliced for paneling and veneers for furniture and cabinets.
Scientific Name: Millettia laurentii
Other Names: PangaPanga
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