Wenge

Brown Timber Species

Species Name: Wenge

Botanical name(s): Milletia Laurentii

Size and location information: Native to the Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Cameroon, Gabon, and Equatorial Guinea.

Description: Dark blackish brown with alternating light and dark grain

Sapwood: Clearly demarcated whitish yellow

Texture: Coarse

Grain: Typically straight

Interlocked grain: Minimal if at all

Luster: Low

Figuring Quartersawn typically has a handsome clear vertical grain(CVG) appearance. Flatsawn and rift cuts have a wavy alternating light to dark ribbon appearance.

Density: Dry: 880kg/m3

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Durability: Above ground: Class 2

Lyctids Susceptibility:

Termite Resistance (AS3660):

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Workability
The material works fairly well with machine tools and with moderate blunting effect on cutters. The presence of resin cells in the wood sometimes interferes with gluing and polishing. Nailing is difficult and requires pre-boring. When filled, it can be brought to a satisfactory finish.

This heavy, dense wood has a high bending strength and high resistance to shock loads, with medium crushing strength and low stiffness. It has a low steam bending classification.

Uses:
The high natural resistance to abrasion makes this timber very suitable for flooring strips or blocks. Also used for interior and exterior joinery and general construction work. It is an excellent turning wood. Sliced for decorative and paneling veneers.

Availability:
Limited end sections.

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