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Forum topic by robdem posted 12-02-2011 05:11 AM 1292 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-02-2011 05:11 AM

Building some cutting boards would like to know if padouk is ok to use . I don’t think the padouk is going to work piece I have has A lot of open grain worried about food geting in there . Or is there a way to seal the wood before finishing.

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#1 posted 12-02-2011 05:59 AM

I use Padauk in some of my boards. I do use the tightest grain and like the contrast with lighter woods. It can ‘bleed’ into other woods, even when being re-oiled. That comes off when wiped down. It is great as an accent wood.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#2 posted 12-04-2011 02:19 AM

Hi Robdem… I really enjoy researching trees… Paduak trees are very odd, but safe. The tree’s genus is Pterocarpus a member of the Fabaceae family, meaning they are nitrogen fixing legumes. All of the species in the Pterocarpus family are named so for the chemicals of Pterocarpans which are unique phenol derivatives, and very mildly toxic, called isoflavonoids… meaning they give the wood a “yellow” in their pigment (making the woods red and orange), but also have anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-cancer, and anti-diarrheal activities. Mostly the heartwood does not leech harmful chemicals and must be extracted to be used effectively as medicine… the only thing the wood can do is leech out red dye…as the heartwood tannins have been used to dye fabric for centuries… OH and as usual the wood dust can harm you greatly. ~ e

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#3 posted 12-04-2011 05:56 PM

One other thing that padauk can do is create some of the stickiest sanding dust I’ve ever incurred. I was sanding a padauk workpiece on the lathe, finished, and looked at the shop wall behind. ARRGGHHHHH! Vacuumed as much as possible, the finished up with mineral spirits and a rag. The project sure was pretty though.


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