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Why It's Special:
It is moderately heavy, strong, and stiff, with exceptional stability. A very popular hardwood among hobbyist woodworkers because of its unique color.
How It Works:
Padauk is easy to work; tearout may also occur during planing on quartersawn or interlocked grain. Padauk turns, glues, and finishes well.
African Padauk (Pterocarpus soyauxii) Heartwood color can vary, ranging from a pale pinkish orange to a deep brownish red. Most pieces tend to start reddish orange when freshly cut, darkening substantially over time to a reddish/purplish brown.
Fine furniture, flooring, cabinetry, and jewelry boxes are all common applications of Padauk Wood slabs.