Hi everyone I am in need of some help with wenge. How good is it to make a very big stair case with it? as well as about 5000sqf of flooring. I have never done much with it and I figured I come here and take advantage of all the knowledge that is available. I need advice on how to work with it? How to finish? or shall I say basically everything that I might need to know. Thanks everyone. Jay Singh.
If you're a masochist with a healthy checkbook and lots of time, I'd say "go for it."
Wenge is beautiful, but can be very challenging to work with, and it's pricey. You might be better served, if you're totally hooked on wenge, to apply wenge vener in strategic locations. Personally, I'd try to select a species that's a little less challenging and more straight forward to work with for a project as substantial as a staircase.
Whether you think you can, or you think you can't, you're right.
Sanding 5000 sf of wenge flooring would be quite a lot like working in a coal mine, in terms of black dust.
Jay, I've got to second Jazz' and Dunc's comments. I think wenge would be a poor choice, not only from the cost and machining perspectives, but also because of it's texture. It is extremely coarse textured and splinter prone for flooring.
It might look good as the accent wood in a staircase (spindles, etc) in that it is very strong and rigid, but used exclusively, its dark color would have a tendency to give the room a gloomy look.
Nasty nasty splinters
I worked on a job last month for one of my clients who was installing 3,000' of 6" Wenge plank and two stair cases. I made the treads and some curved nosings and reducers for them. I tested 5 different glues and regular Titbond worked the best. You need to ware gloves for the splinters! They finished the floor with Woodline urethane finish. The house was very modern stile and the floor looked fantastic.
Jeff in so cal
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