Padauk

Binomial nomenclature

Appearance

Padauk

Shown with water-based finish (top), and oil-based finish (bottom)

Color: Heartwood is vivid reddish orange when freshly cut, darkening to reddish – or purple-brown or black over time.  Sapwood is cream-colored.  Very uniform in color.

Grain: Straight to interlocked; coarse texture.

Species & Grade Variations: Slight variation in color.

Properties

Hardness (Janka): 1725; 34% harder than Northern Red Oak.

Dimensional Stability: Excellent (change coefficient .00180; 51% more stable than Red Oak).

Durability: Average to high durability.

Workability

Sawing/Machining: Saws well, but requires a slow feed rate; carbide tooling recommended.  Machines easily, with some tearing of the interlocked grain.

Sanding: Sands satisfactorily.

Nailing: Good holding ability.

Finishing: Takes finishes well; some have found that water-based finishes hold color better.  Has a tendency to bleed.

Comments: Takes finishes well; some have found that water-based finishes hold color better.  Has a tendency to bleed.

Cost

(Relative to plain sawn select Red Oak)
Multiplier: 4.50

Availability

Moderately available.