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Project by Douglas Krueger posted 08-08-2009 11:16 AM 2233 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The fever hit a peak and the result was 5 boxes of Padu wood.

Tried something different with a couple of these and dovetailed cross grain rather than end grain. Was not too difficult as long as a front board was used to prevent split out during the dovetail cutting. Once assembled, there seemed to be no difference in strength although with both pieces being cross grain, the dovetail is not as visually strong as with an end grain exposed.

Tried to make each unique by varying the lid design and played around with wood colors a bit.

As with all the others, wooden hinges and paste wax.

-- I can so I wood but why are my learning curves always circles

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#1 posted 08-08-2009 03:04 PM

The Padu is beautiful. I have never had the opportunity to work with it but I enjoy the color contrast and look it gives these boxes.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 08-08-2009 03:13 PM

Beautiful group of boxes! The last one is my favorite.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 08-08-2009 07:16 PM

WOW i say again great designs

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#4 posted 08-08-2009 07:52 PM

Very neat boxes! I really like the dark and light contrast of the wood grain. Great job!

-- Simon, Danville, IL

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#5 posted 08-08-2009 09:11 PM

aren’t they beautiful!!!

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#6 posted 08-08-2009 11:40 PM

Very pretty boxes.
Is Padu a stable wood? I ask because I have used cross grain dovetails in Oak and they have a tendency to get small splits later on as the wood expands and contracts in opposing directions.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#7 posted 08-09-2009 02:04 AM

Great looking boxes. Well done.

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#8 posted 08-09-2009 03:40 AM

Great boxes cool design,woods and build

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#9 posted 08-09-2009 07:41 AM

Where does “Padu” come from ? Do you know the Botanical name for it ? It looks a lot like Padauk.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#10 posted 08-09-2009 05:13 PM


To the best of my knowledge the botanical name is Pterocarpus Macrocarpus. However it could also be Pterocarpus Indicus but believe the former is the correct species. Most information indicates it is Burmese Padauk.

Below is some additional data found while scouring the net.

extensively logged for its excellent timber, often planted.” They give its geographical range as S. Myanmar [Burma], Cambodia, Laos, C. & S. Vietnam, as well as Thailand.

The Thai name is praadu paa, meaning “praadu of the forest”

The better known Pterocarpus indicus is praadu baan, or “praadu of the village”. Also widely planted, it is reportedly native from Malaysia to the Solomon Islands.

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#11 posted 08-09-2009 08:52 PM

Thank you for all of the info : ) I’ve seen Padauk around here for sale that had the sapwood running through it as well . I really love the contrast between the two colors ! Have a wonderful day and keep making those great boxes : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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