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Wenge is a very beautiful wood, but boy did it really tick me off this last week!

Any tips or tricks to avoid chipping and blow-out? I tried several things, but it's so brittle...especially the quarter sawn stuff.

My intention for the Box-a-Week build was to make three, small sliding lid boxes with Wenge and Marblewood. I ended up with a single, more simple Wenge lift lid box that I whipped up over the weekend from the salvaged parts of the three planned boxes.

http://www.secondwindworkshop.blogspot.com/2014/01/not-boxes-youre-looking-for.html

Next time Wenge...next time! :gunsmilie:
 

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I've never worked with wenge but I worked with other woods bad to blow out. Sometimes you have to use a climb cut when routing a edge. Then sometimes you have to leave the wood a little thick and sand it to the finished thickness with a belt sander to clean up the tear outs.
 

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Extremely sharp blades, high RPM for routing (I think), and a lot of patience. Wenge is quite hard and brittle but is amazingly pretty wood when finished.
 

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Bill White said:
And watch out for the splinters. :eek: Bill
This is my only problem with it. Ouch! No matter how careful I try to be I end up with a few god ones in my hand.
 
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