Wenge - Millettia laurentii

Janka Hardness = 1630

Photosensitivity = Yes (Gets Darker)

Wenge is a uniform dark chocolate brown color that is used primarily for contrasting accent strips or in those areas desiring such bold dark look. Wenge is offered in selected straight grain for a very uniform look or in mixed graining, where the flat sawn figure yields a visible "flower" look. Wenge, once aged is very uniform in color. Selected straight grain yields the most uniform selection. Wenge exhibits a large degree of color change with pronounced darkening from the yellowish color it is when freshly milled to a deep chocolate/black brown when aged. This process happens within a few months.

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Scientific Name = Millettia laurentii
Trade Name = Wenge
Family Name = Leguminosae
Synonyms =
Common Names = Anong, Awong, Awoung, Bokonge, Bwengu, Dikela, Kiboto, Mboto, Mibotu, Monkonge, Mukonde mutshi, Mundambi, N'gondou, N'toka, N'toko, Nson-so, Nsou-so, Otogo, Palissandre du congo, Pallissandre, Tshikalakala, Wenge, Zai-wenge
Regions of Distribution = Africa
Countries of Distribution = Cameroon, Congo, Gabon, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zaire

Numerical Strength Properties and Data:
Bending Strength = 22,0191 psi or 1,548 kg/cm2
Density = 54 Lbs/Ft3 or 865 kg/m3
Janka Hardness = 1630
Hardness = 2,235 lbs. or 1,013 kg
Impact Strength =
Maximum Crushing Strength = 11,021 psi or 774 kg/cm2
Shearing Strength = 2840 psi or 199 kg/cm2
Stiffness = 2,379,000 psi or 167,000 kg/cm2
Specific Gravity = 0.83
Work to Maximum Load =
Weight = 55 Lbs/Ft3 or 881 kg/m3
Radial Shrinkage = 3%
Tangential Shrinkage = 6%
Volumetric Shrinkage = 8.9%
T/R Ration = 1.9

General Characteristics = The heartwood is yellow when freshly sawn but darkens on exposure to dark brown or black-brown, with black streaks, and is sharply demarcated from the pale yellow, 2–5 cm thick sapwood.
Grain = The appearance of the wood has been described as expressive. The grain is straight, texture medium to coarse.
Texture = Rather coarse, grain straight
Movement in Service = Low
Photosensitivity = Low