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Model Padauk 3/4x5x36

Woodcraft Woodshop - Padauk 3/4" x 5" x 36"



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African padauk (pterocarpus soyauxii) central and tropical West Africa. Medium to hard wood, 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. Padauk is easy to work, though it does have a moderate blunting effect on cutters. Tearout may also occur during planing on quartersawn or interlocked grain. Padauk turns, glues, and finishes well. It’s a popular hardwood among hobbyist woodworkers because of its unique color. Some common uses for Padauk include: veneer, flooring, turned objects, musical instruments, furniture, tool handles, and other small specialty wood objects. Micro-thin stock is cut to size from quality, kiln-dried stock. 100% clear and sanded on both sides. Dimensions are +- 1/8" grain runs with the longest dimension.

  • Unique reddish orange color
  • Turns well
  • Finishes well
Due to the nature of wood movement, shrinkage and expansion are possible. Please measure each piece carefully before starting any project.

Wood is a product of nature, and as such, no two pieces are alike to start with, while the same wood growing in different locales can vary greatly even though it is the exact same species.

Thin Stock. The thin stock is cut to size from quality, kiln-dried stock. Dimensions are +/- 1/8" of size listed.

Carving and Turning Blocks. Blocks are sawn to +/- ¼" of size listed.

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One of the most strikingly colorful woods, padauk is widely esteemed for its bold red-and-orange heartwood.
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There’s redwood, which grows in California, and then there’s RED wood. If it’s the color you’re after, definitely consider padauk. 

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