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#1 posted 11-08-2012 01:44 PM

I’ve done several projects with padauk. In my opinion, the darkening effect of an oil finish takes away from this particular wood’s natural beauty. I would stick with a clear finish like polycrylic, as Ripthorn suggested.

As for darkening with age, it will never maintain that bright color of when it is first cut, but it will stay pretty red as long as you keep it out of sunlight.

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

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