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Topic tags/keywords: wenge bandsaw tablesaw question milling veneering

Here’s the situation. I would like to edge band a board with some wenge. I can to it with two strips, each 40 inches long. However, my piece of wenge is only 26 inches long, but 2 1/2 inches wide.

1) I saw on DIY a brief clip on how to turn a short board into a long board by cutting from one corner to the opposite corner down the length and re-gluing while offset to the desired length. Is it really that easy? I’m asking before I start cause I don’t want to jack up this piece of awesome wenge.

2) Once cut into 1/8 in wide strips (if the above process works), can I soak/steam the wenge strips so they will bend around the corners of the piece to be banded? I have heard that wenge can easily splinter. Just wondering if the whole process is worth it before I hack up this piece of wenge.

Thanks for the advise!


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#1 posted 1650 days ago

I ‘ve done the stretching the board routine . when you do that you loose width.but I don’t feel good about the bending around corners with a wood like wenge but Unless you steam it, and even with out the glue I still would feel that there’s a chance it could break. How about using some oak and dyeing it close to the wenge color.

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#2 posted 1649 days ago

Ive done a fair amount of inlay work with Wenge, much of it curved. All said, it’s a fairly ignorant wood to bend around a radius much tighter than about 10-12 inches. The Wenge I worked with was 1/4” x 1/4” after milling, and pretty much had me pulling my hair out during the tighter bends. It’s a very hard, (and even worse) brittle wood.
Steaming(I have no experience steaming Wenge)...unless the Wenge has been air dried vs. kiln dried, which I assume you don’t know….is a waist of time.

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#3 posted 1649 days ago

I don’t think you could stretch a 26” board to 40” and still have enough width to work with, but in a coarse wood like that, I don’t think an angled lap joint would be noticeable.

And I can’t see bending wenge around tight corners. Are we talking square corners or what radius?

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#4 posted 1649 days ago

i don’t think i would even try to bend wenge , ( more than slightly ) .

and steaming it would probably soften the glue ,

as charlie said ,
an angled lap ,
or some ’ plinth ’ block in the middle as novelty .

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#5 posted 1649 days ago

the radius of the coners is about 2 inches. So what y’all are saying is don’t waste the wenge… got it! Thanks for the advise!!

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#6 posted 1649 days ago

Wenge is not the best choice for bending. It is brittle and if you don’t have a splinter yet, YOU WILL. Walnut bends well, I’d use that instead.

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