Wenge: Exotic Wood

Wenge is an exotic wood with strong grain and a great black color throughout the whole board. Wenge that is plainsawn looks like a Black Oak as far as grain structure. Wenge is often used when color contrasts are needed in a project and the budget won’t allow for more expensive lumber like Ebony. Wenge can be cut quartersawn and plainsawn.

Characteristics

Origin of Wood TypeAfrica
Botanical NameMillettia Laurentii
Specific Gravity.85
Avg. Weight Per BF5.3 lbs
Color RangeBlack
Rarity / AvailabilityCommon
Typical Avg. Width5 – 12 inches
Typical Avg. Length8 – 12 feet
Avg. Waste Factor20%
Wood UsesFurniture, Millwork, and Cabinetry
Lumber GradesFAS
Other Trade Names Wenge

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