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As per the recommendation to introduce oneself, hello to all from gibby macmaster in pennsylvania, wood butcher for many a year.

Found this forum via google while researching wenge and it's bendable properties...that is, I wish to steam bend wenge for a contemporary fireplace mantle. The length is approximately 6 feet, the width 8 inches, the radius of the bend a gentle 11 feet, and the stock is 4/4. Could anyone who has bended wenge offer any input or advice? Does it bend easily and maintain shape? Is steam the best method?

Thank you for any and all responses.

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Bending wenge

doesn't sound practical to me. Seems a very dense structured wood not prone to easily accept a shape it hasn't initiated. You may be better off building up the corners and sawing the radius on?

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grrreat tartan you wee laddie! many thanks for saying hello. at $19/BF i bought 80 bf just for such a buildup and raduis cut. i agree w/ u on the wenge: probably no a happy bender! time for me to go on a bender...single malt anyone?
 
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