NOTICE: Last Dates for Planed and Jointed Orders 2017We normally try to complete planed orders in 5-7 working days, so orders placed before the 14th may make it in time for Christmas. If you need your delivery guaranteed for Christmas, make sure to select express delivery at checkout. It's now unfortunately too late to order jointed timber to be delivered via standard delivery before Christmas. If you wish to receive your order before the 22nd December then please contact our sales team on 01373 469905.
Wenge Timber Cut to Size
For Wenge timber cut to size using your exact specifications, remember to order from Timbersource. We ensure that each piece of Wenge timber is cut to size without error, using our handy cutting calculator tool. All you need to do is enter the required machining method and dimensions, and we’ll cut each piece to size in our private machining shop.
Each piece is sourced in compliance with The EU Timber Regulation (EUTR), and we use our 160 years of combined industry experience to make certain that every piece we sell is of noticeably high quality.
Ordering Wenge Timber Cut to Size from Timbersource
Imported from West Africa, Wenge timber is a unique hardwood of very dark brown, with veins which seem almost black alternating with pale bands. Ordering Wenge timber cut to size from Timbersource is perfect if you need wood for furniture making, although it is also heavily utilised in turnery and joinery. When ordering Wenge timber from Timbersource, you may select between widths of around 100 - 200mm and lengths of around 2m - 3m.
This is a wood that turns well, but it may be difficult to saw and machine, quickly blunting cutting edges. It may be difficult to glue, and will need to be pre-bored for nailing. However, Wenge timber is extremely strong and stiff, with moderate hardness and strong bending properties. While it does dry slowly, very little distortion occurs during the process. The heartwood is thoroughly durable and strongly resistant to both impregnation and termite attack, while the sapwood is moderately resistant.
What is West African Wenge?
West African Wenge timber is very dark brown with close 'black' veins alternating with 'pale' bands and is therefore favoured by furniture makers. It is also used for turnery and joinery (for interior and exterior use) and can be used for flooring due to natural resistance to abrasion. Sizes stocked at present are 26mm, 40mm and 52mm. Widths mainly 100 - 200mm and lengths 2m - 3m. Subject to availability at time of order. Zebrano available to order, minimum 1m3 per thickness.
Latin name Millettia laurentii, Millettia stuhlmannii
Also known as panga panga, palissandre du Congo, dikela (Zaire)
Environmental The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species classifies M.laurentii as EN – Endangered: at very high risk of extinction.
Not listed in CITES. Available from well-managed sources.
Distribution Mainly found in Zaire, but an associated species, Millettia stuhlmannii occurs in East Africa. It is known as panga panga, and its general appearance and characteristics closely resemble wenge.
West African Wenge Properties
The Tree Medium-sized tree, 15m to 18m in height with a diameter up to 1.0m.
Wenge The Timber Sapwood whitish, heartwood dark brown with fine, close blackish veining, giving the wood a handsome appearance. A very hard and heavy wood, it weighs about 880 kg/m³ when dried (panga panga is slightly lighter in weight at 800 kg/m³). Straight grained, it has a rather coarse texture.
Drying Dries slowly and requires care if surface checking is to be avoided.
Strength The wood is stated to have good resistance to bending and to shock
Working Qualities Good - Reported to be easy to work, but difficult to polish.
Durability Durable. Heartwood is rated as very durable and resistant to termite attack. Heartwood extremely resistant to impregnation; sapwood moderately resistant to permeable.
Wenge Treatability Extremely difficult
Moisture Movement Small
Density (mean, Kg/m³) 880 (density may vary by 20% or more)
Physical Properties High Strength, stiffness and weight properties, Moderate hardness, Good bending properties.
Wenge Availability Limited availability
Working with West African Wenge
Wenge Use(s) Joinery - Exterior, Joinery - Interior, Flooring. General construction work. Panelling.
Wenge Colour(s) Dark brown/black (with fine black veining)
What is FAS Grade
The FAS grade, which derives from an original grade "First And Seconds", will provide the user with long, clear cuttings - best suited for high quality furniture, interior joinery and solid wood mouldings. Minimum board size is 6" (152mm) and wider and 8' (2.44m) and longer. The FAS grade includes a range of boards that yield from 83.3% (10⁄12ths) to 100% clear-wood cuttings over the entire surface of the board. The clear cuttings must be a minimum size of 3" (76mm) wide by 7' (2.13m) long or 4" (102mm) wide by 5' (1.52m) long. The number of these cuttings permitted depends on the size of the board with most boards permitting one to two. The minimum width and length will vary, depending on species and whether the board is green or kiln dried. Both faces of the board must meet the minimum requirement for FAS.
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