Preserving, Refinishing, and Installing Hardwood Flooring since 1980.

Wenge

Panga-panga Milettia spp.

Shown below with water-based finish (top),
and oil-based finish (bottom)

wenge

 

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 quartersawn; coarse texture.
Species & Grade Variations: Moderate variations in color.

PROPERTIES

Hardness (Janka): 1630; 26% harder than Northern Red Oak.
Dimensional Stability: Excellent (change coefficient .00201; 46% more stable than Red Oak). However, actual installations have demonstrated significant movement in use.
Durability: Average.

 

WORKABILITY

Sawing / Machining: Difficult due to rapid dulling of tools; carbide tooling recommended.
Sanding: Sands satisfactorily.
Nailing: Good holding ability.
Finishing: Some solvent-based stains do not dry well.
Comments: Dermatological and respiratory allergic potential.

COST

(Relative to plainsawn select Red Oak.)
Multiplier: 5.50

AVAILABILITY

Limited.

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