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WENGE 4/4"

Rough Cut – Random Widths – Random Lengths

Wenge sapwood is pale white to yellow in color, and clearly demarcated from the heartwood. The heartwood is dark, dark brown, bordering on black. Alternating layers of light and dark wood and white bands marked with black veins create a decorative figure. The texture is somewhat coarse with a fairly straight grain.

Wenge is a dense, strong wood. It works fairly easily with both hand and machine tools; however, blunting of cutting edges occurs rapidly. It is difficult to glue, due to resins. It holds nails and screws well, but pre-boring is required. Varnishing and finishing with solvent-based stains can be difficult. It also is difficult to polish, but reasonable results can be achieved.

Wenge is often used in flooring and general construction work. When sliced as decorative veneers, it is used for paneling, cabinets and marquetry.

Region: Central Africa

  • 4/4" Wenge Lumber
  • FAS
  • Random widths/lengths
  • Exotic
  • Region: Central Africa
  • Usually pronounced WHEN-gii or When-ghay
  • Difficult to work with hand and machine tools. Blunts tool edges.
  • Sands unevenly due to differences in density between light and dark areas.
  • Very splintery - use care as splinters can be very large and have risk of infection.
  • Used in veneer, paneling, furniture, turned objects and musical instruments.
  • Illustrated Grading Guide
  • Helpful Guide to Understanding Lumber Terms


STOP — This item requires more information. You need to provide us with the following information for your lumber order.

Note: Quantity ordered refers to Board Feet.
Rough lumber comes in random widths and lengths.


  • 4/4 = 1 inch
  • 5/4 = 1.25 inch
  • 6/4 = 1.5 inch
  • 8/4 = 2 inch

Please note – lengths over 10 feet are more expensive to ship.
The following board foot calculator can be used to help you calculate your order.

Board Foot Calculator
The easiest and most common way to calculate board feet is to use a board foot calculator.
Several different board foot calculators are available online or check your app store and download to your phone.

To calculate board feet of lumber, use the following formula:

    Board Feet = Width (inches) x Thickness (inches) x Length (FEET) divided by 12.
    Example – For a piece of lumber 2 inches thick, 6 inches wide and 10 feet long, you calculate board feet as follows:
    Board Feet = (6 x 2 x 10) divide by 12 = 10 board feet.

If your order requires specifics, call to verify we have exactly what you need.
Example: If you order 100 board feet and need one board 8'6" that is at least 8" wide and one board 10' at least 6" wide – be sure to state exactly what you need.

Use the comment section in your shopping cart to provide this information.

  • number of pieces needed.
  • specific widths, if required.
  • specific lengths, if required.