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Forum topic by RussellAP posted 11-07-2012 06:14 PM 1112 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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RussellAP

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11-07-2012 06:14 PM

Went to my local hardwood dealer and found a couple nice pieces of padauk. It’s beautiful.

These are a couple 12”x12” in glue up.

Have no idea yet what I’m going to do with it, but it should hang on a wall. Maybe a shelf of some sort.

I have a small piece left over so I’m going to see what some Danish oil or Tung oil will look like on it. It’s a bit iridescent in the light.

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#1 posted 11-07-2012 06:16 PM

Nice score! I would have used it for accents or box making.

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#2 posted 11-07-2012 06:18 PM

Lumberjoe- I have a 3”x6’x1/4 of the same wood for the shelving. It’s a bit redder.

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#3 posted 11-07-2012 06:29 PM

The orange-red will fade over time into a rust and then a russet brown, absent some UV-blocking finish. I love padauk.

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#4 posted 11-07-2012 06:33 PM

I keep it around. Beautiful and fairly easy to work.

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#5 posted 11-07-2012 09:11 PM

Build a small nice keepsake box with it. +1 on the UV blocker. Very light sensitive. I build a HD box for a client with it as accents for wenge. Black and orange with the HD shield inlaid in the top in padauk.

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#6 posted 11-07-2012 10:24 PM

If you want to keep any of the orange color do not use an oil finish. I enjoy working with Padauk, love the smell. I made the mistake of using an oil finish on a few things and now they are dark brown. Use a waterborne finish instead, Minwax Polycrylic for me. I have a few boxes I did several years ago and they still look great. One of them even sits by a window.

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#7 posted 11-07-2012 11:01 PM

ChuckC- I bet the one that sits by the window is the one that faded to dark brown. It’s UV light that causes the color change. I’m not sure oil will do that. Like many fine colorful woods, they need to have the proper protection and that would include a UV block and advise to keep it out of strong daylight.

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#8 posted 11-07-2012 11:12 PM

You’ve never lived ‘till you’ve sanded padauk. The dust is “greasy” and sticks to everything, but the finished product is REALLY great.
Bill

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#9 posted 11-08-2012 12:58 PM

Bill, I think bloodwood is worse for “greasy dust”. Russell, Chuck is right. an oil based finish will “brown” the orange color a bit right after application – regardless of UV exposure. If you want to keep the natural bright orange, use a waterborne finish. If you go to a specialty paint store, they can probably mix in a UV blocker. A friend of mine is a pro painter/stainer. He gets his stuff at Sherwin Williams. It’s generally applied to very high end exterior doors.

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#10 posted 11-08-2012 01:00 PM

Lumberjoe- I was thinking I’d just do a sealer with a UV block. The wood doesn’t really need anything and any oil I put on just makes it dark red. It’s a nice dark red though.

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#11 posted 11-08-2012 01:10 PM

I’ve experimented with a few different finishes on Padauk. GF Enduro (water based) maintains the orange really nicely. There is no UV protection though, so keep it out of the sun/lighting if you use that. I’m not sure UV blockers can be added to Enduro but a sealer with a UV block is a great idea.

I’ll see if I still have the pictures, but my friend helped install and finish purpleheart flooring in a well known Boston area musicians home for his daughter. They look amazing and I think he actually used some kind of deck sealant to preserve the color.

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#12 posted 11-09-2012 03:36 AM

Actually, not. The one by the window looks the best and was finished with Minwax Polycrylic. The only ones that turned dark brown are the ones I uses oil on.

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