Light wenge - will it stay that way?

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Forum topic by LiveEdge posted 07-01-2014 12:39 AM 1037 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-01-2014 12:39 AM

I’m building a jewelry box and the only wenge stock I could get was 8/4. While milling it down I noticed that it was very blonde in sections on the inside or would lighten up after sanding. At first I was alarmed, but now I’m sorta liking it. The question is whether this will stay or whether wenge darkens quickly when exposed to light?

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#1 posted 07-01-2014 04:38 PM

That is interesting, any wenge I have worked with stayed the typical dark brown. Sanding and milling had no effect on the color. Maybe you got into some sapwood?

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#2 posted 07-01-2014 04:44 PM

I wondered that, but it is completely dark on the outside. I’m not positive how the sapwood would be found only on the inside and it wouldn’t explain the behavior when sanding.

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#3 posted 07-01-2014 04:49 PM

Wenge is fresh sawn yellow/light-brown, but quickly turns into dark brown with black stripes. The colouring proces is to speed up by treatment with ammonia.


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#4 posted 07-01-2014 09:21 PM

Pictures! Note the bottom of the tray is about 3/16ths thick and the other side is much darker.

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