Padauk is Pretty

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Project by ToddHolmDotCom posted 06-09-2012 10:22 PM 2286 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a friend who came to spend a few days with me to do a little woodworking. Nothing better than woodworking when someone else is paying for it. His mother collects “Gone With the Wind” Christmas Ornaments and he wanted a nice unit for her to display them in year round. His first shock was shopping for a quality hardwood. I don’t think he had ever spent $125 on a board before.

We found a nice wide piece of padauk, so wide in fact that it had to be ripped before it would fit in my planer. We flocked the inside back with a wine colored flock and made the handles out of padauk scrap. It is fun to work with someone who isn’t used to working with wood with unusual graining. Ever once in a while I would turn around and he would be standing their stroking the padauk or looking intently at the grain or moving it back and forth in the light and when he saw me watching him he would just say “It’s just so pretty.” Eventually he would just yell it at random in the shop.

We had a good time and we were quite the sight in our bib overalls. All in all we were very happy with the way it turned out. There is only one noticeable error in construction. He got a call about a family emergency and we tried to hurry to get things done a day earlier than we had planned. Hopefully his mother won’t notice.

-- Todd "I am just a teacher and a carpenter, that doesn't mean I have a God complex. But I am complex."

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#1 posted 06-10-2012 12:23 AM

Sounds like a fun time and you certainly made a pretty cabinet.

-- Custom furniture

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T. D. Reid

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#2 posted 06-10-2012 02:37 AM

Thats some nice looking wood. Your buddies mom will love the wood and the great look cabinet. Cheers

-- Head to the shop its calling you – Todd

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#3 posted 06-10-2012 04:43 AM

You did good there. That is a nice project. Hopefully your friend will keep up the good work.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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#4 posted 06-10-2012 06:05 AM

Beautiful cabinet. I like the flocked back! I would have never thought of that.
Unfortuneately, Paduak, as beautiful as it is in the store, turns a dark brown over time. Many a woodworker has succumbed to the siren-like call of Padauk or Purpleheart only to find out that the color fades away in time. The good news is it will be so gradual, that nobody but you will probably notice.

-- You don't have a custom made heirloom fly fishing Net?

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#5 posted 06-10-2012 09:15 PM

Beautiful cabinet

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#6 posted 06-10-2012 09:30 PM

I better go get some.
Prices for padauk here is $8,95 per board foot.
Looks good±!

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#7 posted 10-31-2012 03:28 AM

Purpleheart does not fade with time. Purpleheart browns with heat from machining, just put it in direct sunlight and it will turn back to its plum color.

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#8 posted 10-31-2012 03:33 AM

I love padauk… I used it for the apron on a coffee table. That cabinet looks fantastic, and a great story to go with it. I too stroke the lumber… my girlfriend doesn’t understand lol

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist -

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#9 posted 06-04-2014 06:40 PM

Mann I love padauk too…. wait until it starts to patina then he will be staring at it all over again LOL

Great job

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

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