The Padauk Family

african padaukAfrican Padauk

Scientific Name: Pterocarpus soyauxii
Location: Central & Tropical West Africa
Dried Weight: 47lbs/ft3
Janka Hardness: 1,970lbf
Crushing Strength: 8,100lbf /in2

African Padauk has a heartwood that ranges from a pale pinkish orange to a deep brownish red color. The wood is a reddish orange when freshly cut. It will darken to a reddish/purplish brown to nearly black color over time. The grain is usually straight, but sometimes interlocked, and it has a coarse open texture. The wood gives off a good natural lustre. The end grain is diffuse-porous. Padauk is rated as durable to very durable in regards to decay. It is easy to work with and turns, glues, and finishes well.

 

andaman-padauk-sAndaman Padauk

Scientific Name: Pterocarpus dalbergioides
Location: Andaman Islands
Dried Weight: 48lbs/ft3
Janka Hardness: 1,630lbf
Crushing Strength: 8,800lbf /in2

Andaman Padauk has a heartwood that ranges from a pale pinkish orange to a deep brownish red color. The wood is a reddish orange when freshly cut. It will darken to a reddish/purplish brown to nearly black color over time. The grain is usually interlocked and it has a coarse texture. Padauk is rated as very durable in regards to decay. It is easy to work with and turns, glues, and finishes well.

 

burma-padaukBurma Padauk

Scientific Name: Pterocarpus macrocarpus
Location: Myanmar & Thailand
Dried Weight: 54lbs/ft3
Janka Hardness: 2,150lbf
Crushing Strength: 9,000lbf /in2

Burma Padauk has a heartwood which ranges from a pale golden yellow to a deeper reddish brown color which will darken to a golden brown color over time. The sapwood has a yellow color. The grain is usually interlocked and it has a coarse texture. The end grain is diffuse-porous. Padauk is rated as very durable in regards to decay. It is difficult to work with due to its high density and interlocked grain. The wood turns, glues, and finishes well.

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