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Padauk, African

Padauk (Pterocarpus soyauxii)Straight to interlocked grain with a moderately coarse texture and large pores. Rich red to purple red heartwood and pale beige sapwood. Hard, heavy, and strong with exceptional decay resistance and dimensional stability.

Thicknesses

Subject to availability

4/4
5/4
6/4
7/4
8/4
9/4
10/4
12/4
16/4
20/4
1/2"
3/4"
1"

Distribution

Central and Tropical West Africa

Scientific Name

Pterocarpus soyauxii

Specific Gravity: Basic

0.61

Specific Gravity: 12% MC

0.75

Janka Hardness

1970

Colour/Appearance

Heartwood colour 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 (some lighter pieces age to a grayish brown).

Grain/Texture

Grain is usually straight, but can sometimes be interlocked. With a coarse, open texture and good natural luster.

Endgrain

Diffuse-porous; large pores in no specific arrangement; solitary and radial multiples of 2-3; mineral deposits occasionally present; growth rings indistinct; rays not visible without lens; apotracheal parenchyma diffuse-in-aggregates, banded; paratracheal parenchyma aliform (winged), confluent, and banded.

Rot Resistance

Has excellent decay resistance, and is rated as durable to very durable. Padauk is also reported to be resistant to termites and other insects.

Workability

Overall Padauk is easy to work; tearout may also occur during planing on quartersawn or interlocked grain. Padauk turns, glues, and finishes well.

Odor

Padauk has a faint, pleasing scent while being worked.

Allergies/Toxicity

Although severe reactions are quite uncommon, Padauk has been reported as a sensitizer. Usually most common reactions simply include eye, skin, and respiratory irritation.

Pricing/Availability

Widely imported as lumber in a variety of lengths and thicknesses, as well as turning and craft blanks. Should be moderately priced for an import.

Sustainability

This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
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