Can be difficult to work with hand and power tools. Blunts tool edges. Can sand unevenly due to differences in density between light and dark areas. Can easily get splinters when handling this wood, which tend to go septic (see safety information below).
|Wood Type||Exotic hardwood.|
|Texture||Has a straight grain and a coarse texture.|
|Grain Pattern||Panga also has very large pores that can present a challenge to fill if a perfectly smooth/leveled finish is desired.|
|Health Risks||Although severe reactions are quite uncommon, breathing Wenge wood dust (closely related to Panga Panga) has been reported to cause central nervous system effects, irritation of the skin and eyes, and is a sensitizer. Also, Wenge splinters tend to take longer to heal and are more likely to go septic (get infected) than splinters from other woods.|
|Color||Heartwood is a very dark brown with black streaks. Upon application of a wood finish (particularly an oil-finish) the wood can become nearly black.|