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  1. #1
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    What kind of wood is this?

    I bought this years ago and do not know what it is.

    It is very splittery. When I am working a large piece I use gloves, or I will get splitters in my hand.

    This was used on the box I am making. I have a nice large piece so it will get a lot of use.


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    It looks like Wenge to me but I confess to never seeing a piece with that straight of grain.

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    The grain is VERY straight over the whole piece...

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    I thought so to but.


    WENGE
    Mjllettia laurentii
    THE TIMBER:
    The sapwood is whitish, and the dark brown heartwood has fine, close, blackish veining resulting in a handsome appearance, especially on tangential surface. The luster is low, and odor and taste are not distinct. The texture is coarse, and the grain is straight to slightly wavy. The wood is reported to have good resistance to bending and to shock.

    WORKABILITY:
    This timber is easy to work and veneers well, but polishing is difficult.

    USES:
    Wenge is used for heavy construction, crossties, tool handles, furniture and cabinets. When a handsome and dark appearance is desired for flooring, wenge is especially attractive. The veneer is useful for decorative work in furniture and interior decoration. Woodworkers find wenge interesting for carving
    "There’s a lot of work being done today that doesn’t have any soul in it. The technique may be the utmost perfection, yet it is lifeless. It doesn’t have a soul. I hope my furniture has a soul to it." - Sam Maloof
    The Pessimist complains about the wind; The Optimist expects it to change;The Realist adjusts the sails.~ William Arthur Ward

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    It might be "Shedua"
    Shedua (Guibourtia ehie)
    Hard and exceedingly tough member of the Bubinga family

    Complements of "KJP Select Hardwoods"
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    Bruce

  6. #6
    My vote is for wenge too.

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