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AKSteve

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584 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: milling padauk

I got a 2 inch thick by 10 ft piece, and I started working with itoday. first thing I notice is how ridiculously hard it is to work with! it’s almost like the grain iis going in different direcitons and it’s kinda twisted like, I trying to use a draw knife to taper the legs but like right down the middle the grain seems to be going in the wrong direction? wierd. I am going to have to machine this wood to get to work right. it’s very frustrating, not to mention the fact when You do machine it you basically turn everything in the shop orange! I won’t use this wood again that is for sure.

-- Steve - Wasilla, Alaska


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Arlin Eastman

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#1 posted 584 days ago

Steve

All the Paduak I have used has all been with power tools. I have used it for turning on a lathe and for boxes never used hand tools with it before. It is one of my favorite woods for adding color to a project.

If you do not want it sell it to me.
Arlin

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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Mosquito

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#2 posted 584 days ago

I’ve used Padauk twice before. I really like it. But by the time I was done it looked like I had been eating Cheeto’s and wiping my hands on my shorts… To me, it seemed really granular grain. By that I mean it was prone to chipping out, and once you got to the end of a cut you had to be very careful not to break a chunk out.

I do think it’s a very beautiful wood though.

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knotheadswoodshed

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#3 posted 584 days ago

aside from the orange dust, I love paduak…and so do my customers.
My Paduak boxes are one of my biggest sellers

-- Randy - "I dont make mistakes, I make design change opportunities" www.knotheadswoodshed.com

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ShaneA

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#4 posted 584 days ago

Yeah, I like it too. The dust is a mess but, as mentioned, it adds beauty and color to projects. I just wish it was cheaper, so I could buy more!

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Ryan Haasen

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#5 posted 584 days ago

I love the smell and look of Padauk. The only thing I don’t like about it is the colour fades to (almost) brown over time. I wish it held its colour.

-- Ryan

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shampeon

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#6 posted 584 days ago

I worked padauk with hand tools, and while it was definitely hard, I actually enjoyed working with it. I took a rough 8/4 plank down to dimensions only with hand planes, starting with a scrub plane.

I agree on the red dust. That was annoying. But apart from that, I just love the color and definitely will work with it again.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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lj61673

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#7 posted 583 days ago

Welcome to the world of exotic woods…either love them or hate them.
Padauk can suck big time is you get one of those funky multi grain direction pieces.

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Bill White

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#8 posted 583 days ago

And it get all over the walls when ya sand, but it SHORE PURDY.
Bill

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Grandpa

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#9 posted 583 days ago

I used some and made a checker board for my grandson. I thought it was beautiful. I machine everything though.
The dust is no worse than any other wood except you can see this because of the great color. The other dust is there too, we just don’t see it.
You might hook a dust collector to that plane….LOL

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Dusty56

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#10 posted 583 days ago

I love it as an accent wood , but haven’t made anything large with it yet. I understand that it turns brownish with time , and I don’t know of a finish to stop that from happening yet.
What do you plan on using for a finish ?

-- When you arrive at my front door, please knock softly but firmly. I like soft , firm, knockers : )

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Bill White

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#11 posted 583 days ago

I have used HUT WAX on padauk turnings with great results. I find that the color becomes a deep maroon with time.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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Dusty56

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#12 posted 583 days ago

Thanks Bill.
I am looking for something to keep the “orange” color intact.
I also used some wax along with mineral oil on a cutting board with Padauk in it and it totally changed the whole look of the board . The Padauk kept getting darker as time went on and ruined my original “thoughts” as how I wanted it to look.
I don’t know if it was the wax that possibly caused it because I’ve used just plain Mineral Oil on previous boards with no acute color changes. The edge board is the Padauk I was referring to.

and these are just plain mineral oil.Still holding their colors : )

-- When you arrive at my front door, please knock softly but firmly. I like soft , firm, knockers : )

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AKSteve

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#13 posted 583 days ago

Don’t get me wrong it is a beautiful wood, one of the main reasons I picked it to go with Maple, it just stands out so nicely. But I am definitely going to have to machine it. I was going to put BLO on it for finish, and paste wax for finish. not sure yet though. I would like to try to retain the color if I could. Bill thanks for the tip I will probably give that a try and see.

-- Steve - Wasilla, Alaska

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Arlin Eastman

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#14 posted 583 days ago

For helping with color fastness on woods, I have been using Deft Danish Oil with UV inhibitors in it. So far so good the last 3 years with purple heart and paduak.

Arlin

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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Howie

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#15 posted 583 days ago

That’s a good tip Arlin,thanks.

-- Life is good.

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