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Forum topic by yellowtruck75 posted 01-13-2012 04:07 AM 1251 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-13-2012 04:07 AM

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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 01-13-2012 05:28 AM

Splinters! Don’t do it.

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#2 posted 01-13-2012 05:04 PM

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 01-13-2012 07:39 PM

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 01-13-2012 10:59 PM

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 -

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