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
Grain: Typically straight
Interlocked grain: Minimal if at all
Figuring Quartersawn typically has a handsome clear vertical grain(CVG) appearance. Flat Sawn and rift cuts have a wavy alternating light to dark ribbon appearance.
Density: Dry: 880kg/m3
Janka Hardness Rating:
Durability: Above ground: Class 2
Termite Resistance (AS3660):
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.
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.
Limited end sections.