Wenge 8/4 Lumber Random Widths, Random Lengths

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Wenge 8/4 Lumber

$25.99
$19.49 /Board Feet

Sale Ends November 26, 2018
1-99 $19.49 /Bd. Ft. (25% off)
100+ $17.54 /Bd. Ft. (33% off)

The actual footage you receive will be slightly different from what you order, therefore your final billed amount will be a little different. This is because we hand select your lumber from inventory of various widths and lengths - every board is unique and different in size (except thickness).
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Board Foot Cheat Sheet
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hardwood lumber sizes
Wenge lumber comes in random widths and lengths, with a uniform thickness.
Here's what you can expect:
1-13/16" Thickness

Also known as 8/4, S2S.
Surfaced 2 sides (S2S) from rough sawn lumber. You should be able to yield approximately 1-3/4" thickness after you flatten, plane, shape or sand your project parts to fit your project.

Learn more in our blog: "What Does 4/4 Mean in Lumber?"

4" to 10" Widths

This is the range of widths that are usually available in this wood.

  • Price shown is for a random selection of widths within this range.
  • Request special width selection using the "Minimum Size Request" box in the order form.
  • Edges are rough sawn
  • Straight edge ripping service is available for a small fee

6' to 14' Lengths

This is the range of lengths that we might have in stock at any given time. But there are some things to know:

No Minimum Purchase
We're easy to buy from! That means we can cut you a short piece(s) from long boards if you want.

Length Shipping Restrictions

If there's any exotic wood that makes a nice touch in both small jewelry boxes and large furniture pieces, it's wenge. Wenge is a natural for striking inaly and contrast with lighter woods, or as the main panels of a table, desk, headboard, etc. The uniform, nearly black color makes it an extraordinary wood that retains color over the years.

About Wenge (Millettia laurentii)

Weight

4.75

lbs /Bd. Ft.
32.68% heavier than red oak (3.58 /bd. ft.)
Hardness

1630

Janka Rating
26.36% harder than red oak (1290 psi)
Density

0.91

Specific Gravity
42.19% more dense than red oak (.64)

General Workability
Average 6/10
Red Oak

Wood Texture
Coarse 8/10
Red Oak

Ease of Finishing
Average 5/10
Red Oak

map of where Wenge tree grows
Wenge is an exotic wood from Africa

An a amazing unique wood that's nearly 100% black. Wenge is also marked with slightly lighter brown streaks which gives the wood an unusual, yet delightful, appearance. Wenge is hard and heavy, and makes a superb accent wood in highly decorative projects.

color of Wenge
Color Range
Dark brown to black with fine black veining.
the Wenge tree
What's The Tree Like?
Ranges from 60-90 feet in height; bole usually straight and unbuttressed; trunk diameters about 36".
other names for Wenge
Other Names
Awoung, Dikela, Mibotu, Bokonge
uses for Wenge
Some Typical Uses
Furniture, cabinets, flooring, industrial, exterior.

lumber random widths Random Widths
You will cut and/or glue to create the sizes you need
rough sawn vs surfaced lumber Surfaced Smooth S2S
We buy rough sawn lumber and have it surfaced 2 sides (S2S) so you're ready to work
rough sawn vs surfaced lumber Kiln Dried
We stock kiln dried lumber and store it in a protected warehouse
rough sawn vs surfaced lumber 83%+ Clear
Unless stated otherwise, we stock Select & Better graded lumber that's at least 83% clear one side
lumber thickness Lumber Compared
Various lumber thickness as compared to one another
  1. Decide how much board footage you need
  2. Factor in enough to work with! You'll want to arrange grain patterns, sort color, fix mistakes, run test cuts, make finish samples, etc.
  3. Lumber comes in random widths and lengths. If you need special size considerations, please let us know by using the "Minimum Size Request" box in the order form or by confirming your needs by phone or email.
  4. Expect your final amount of footage to change slightly. Buying by the board foot is an exercise in estimation, therefore we don't know the precise amount of footage you'll receive (and be billed for) until we physically select the wood for your order.
  5. We want to get your order right! So we may need to contact you for clarification. Please use a good phone and email during checkout.

This is the unit of measurement for hardwood lumber when it's bought/sold in random widths and random lengths.

Board footage is a measurement of volume, and it's abbreviated Bd. Ft.

One board foot is equal to 144 cubic inches.

board foot formula

It's a fraction that refers to rough (RGH) sawn thickness of lumber, and it tells you approximately how many quarters of an inch make up the thickness.

Surfaced lumber is thinner because it started out as rough sawn but it's been planed smooth. Planing removes thickness.

Rough Sawn (RGH) Surfaced (S2S)
4/4 ~1" 13/16"
5/4 ~1-1/4" 1-1/16"
6/4 ~1-1/2" 1-5/16"
8/4 ~2" 1-13/16"
12/4 ~3" 2-13/16"

Unless otherwise specified, our lumber is "Surfaced 2 Sides" or S2S for short.

Check out our article if you want the full explanation.

If you can cut your own pieces to size, here's how we can help:

  1. Enter requirements into the order form where it says, "Minimum Size Request"
  2. Tell us what you want to acheive or make
  3. You will receive wood that can yeild what you need. (You will create the final size)
  4. We may need to contact you for clarification

You will cut and/or join your material to create the finished sizes you need. We'll pick out wood that will give you enough to do that. For this reason, the final amount of footage you receive in your order will be slightly different, and your final billed charge will be different.

If you want to only buy pieces of an exact size, that will be sold differently. Please contact us for a custom quote.

Sadly, wood cannot be 100% guaranteed to be clear on both sides all the time. Most of our lumber is graded "Select" and better, which means it's at minimum 83% clear on one side.
Hardwood grades explained

Customer Ratings & Reviews

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11 Total Reviews
November 16, 2018
5 out of 5
Wenga
Review by  Ed from Westmoreland ...NY
I ordered Wenga before and was very pleased. My order this time also very pleased. They gave me a nice piece of wood. A nice tight grain running through. Couldn't ask for a better piece wood
Verified Buyer
Recommended
October 12, 2018
5 out of 5
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Review by  Anonymous 
The wood was delivered quickly and in great condition.
Verified Buyer
Recommended
August 19, 2018
5 out of 5
Harvey Wolfe
Review by  Harvey from Monroeville, PA
I paid for the selection and one edge planed and I got an absolutely perfect piece of 8/4 Wenge. It was one inch in each direction larger than my project, making for easier cutting and minimal cost. The wood itself was beautiful.
Verified Buyer
Recommended
June 25, 2018
5 out of 5
8/4 Wenge
Review by  Chardman from CA
I recently purchased a 48"×6" 8/4 board of Wenge that met my high standards in every way. No chips, twist, bow or surface checks at all. Very pleased with Woodworkers Source, they have really come thru for me!
Verified Buyer
Recommended
May 22, 2018
5 out of 5
Wenge review
Review by  Scott Wetterhall from Atlanta
Very nice piece of 8/4.
Verified Buyer
Recommended
May 20, 2018
5 out of 5
great looking wood
Review by  Bert from Glade Park, Colorado
I have been looking for quality wenge for a while now. I found it at woodworkers source
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Recommended
11 Total Reviews
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