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yellowtruck75

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912 days ago

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I am thinking of making a new rocking chair as a show piece for art/craft shows and I am leaning towards Wenge. What issues might I face besides cost when working with 8/4 Wenge? I build Maloof style Rocking Chairs utilizing Hal Taylor’s plans. I know that the dust is toxic so I would use a respirator and my dust collection system.

I use a 3 part finish consisting of Tung Oil, Boil Linseed Oil, & Poly, will this help keep that dark black color or does it fade over time?


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#1 posted 912 days ago

Splinters! Don’t do it.

-- Max the "night janitor" at www.hardwoodclocks.com

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#2 posted 911 days ago

Charles is right. Wenge is the worse wood I have ever worked with with respect to splinters.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#3 posted 911 days ago

Dont worry, the puss that drips from the splinters in your hands wont stain the wenge…

-- ... Never Apologise For Being Right ...

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#4 posted 911 days ago

I used Wenge for my last (and only) project posted here, and I probably won’t touch the stuff again. The stuff comes apart like straw. And not only is the dust toxic, splinters can go septic on you.

Pretty to look at, but I’m going to avoid it like the plague.

-- Brian Timmons, Big T Woodworks - https://www.etsy.com/shop/BigTWW - http://vimeo.com/98821147

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