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Forum topic by builtinbkyn posted 07-22-2018 05:06 PM 280 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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builtinbkyn

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07-22-2018 05:06 PM

I am in the planning stages of fabricating new front doors for my home. Originally I was interested in using thermally modified wood – ash in particular – for it’s weather resistance and stability. I have some samples and it looks great and finishes well. However, sourcing what I need was problematic. I found one source that can supply what I need, but there’s a minimum, which if I were to use the additional lumber for another planned project – an outdoor kitchen – I could meet the minimum. The pricing is within the budget I allowed – stuff is sold by the linear foot – $9.50LF for 8/4 and $6.50LF for 4/4, but there’s a 45 day lead time. The stuff is produced on a per order basis. I want to start within the next few weeks and get it done. I can also imagine delays in production and shipping as nothing is ever without issue. That would push this father out.

So I thought about using padauk. I have a large turning blank of padauk I picked up to make a mallet. Today I cut off a piece to see it’s working properties. It planes and shapes really well. I cut a piece off and left it outside in the sun. I want to see how UV effects the color shift. I’d like the doors to achieve their own unique patina. It is listed on wood database as being very stable with good rot resistance.

Other than making my shop look like a giant Cheeto explosion, are there any reasons this would be a bad idea? Any experiences with using padauk for projects exposed to weather?

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)


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#1 posted 07-22-2018 05:19 PM

My only experience is with a friend who had a cheetoh explosion in his shop. He isn’t eager to work with padauk again after that. He said it was nice to work, but was building an indoor chair, so no idea about exposure to the elements.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#2 posted 07-22-2018 06:32 PM

Actually it really isn’t that bad. I can see how sanding might be an issue, but planing and tooling isn’t much of an orange problem. I’ll find out more after I turn some and then have to sand it ;p

Padauk/purpleheart mix

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#3 posted 07-22-2018 06:38 PM

Darkens easily in sunlight even with uv blocker to slow it. That’s about all I have.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#4 posted 07-22-2018 07:09 PM

The African Padauk I’ve used turns brown eventually.

-- Aj

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#5 posted 07-22-2018 07:14 PM

Apparently turning fine shavings and sanding on the lathe in a non-air-conditioned shop in the summer is enough to make one appear to have a nasty spray tan. I think you need to report back on that for us, Bill.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#6 posted 07-22-2018 07:16 PM

I have a piece out back sitting in the sun. I want to see how fast it turns and to what extent. The front porch is covered, but is facing West and gets direct sun for a few hours at the end of the day. I’m going to play with finishes. Brown or darker would be fine. I would just want the inside and the outside of the door to be similar in appearance.

Right not everything is very orange :p

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#7 posted 07-22-2018 07:24 PM

A couple good examples of what to expect. If you’re shooting for dark brown I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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