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Forum topic by RussellAP posted 11-08-2012 12:45 PM 2698 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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RussellAP

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11-08-2012 12:45 PM

I have a really nice piece of Padauk that I’ve glued up and sanded to 180g. I used some Cabbot Tung oil on a sample but I wanted to check with my LJ buds about the best way to finish this beautiful wood before I ruin it.

I want the natural beauty of the wood to shine with a semi gloss almost a satin finish but a little shinier.

So what do you suggest?

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.


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lab7654

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#1 posted 11-08-2012 12:48 PM

I’m new to finishing, so this may be wrong, but could you use tung/BLO first and then apply a few coats of blonde shellac? Just an idea, I’ve never done that before haha.

-- Tristin King -- When in doubt, sand it.

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#2 posted 11-08-2012 12:51 PM

lab7654- On exotic wood like padauk which have lots of color, UV light is the main culprit to a good lasting finish. Any oil I put on this piece will darken it. I’m thinking just a sealer would do nicely, something with UV protection.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#3 posted 11-08-2012 01:25 PM

Even with UV inhibitors, paduak will still darken to the dark brown instead of freshly sanded bright red. I have used polycrylic on it before and that has worked really well. In fact, one of my projects might be the paduak clock I built my wife that I finished with gloss polycrylic. It still looks very good compared to paduak that I have just put oil on.

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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#4 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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RussellAP

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#5 posted 11-08-2012 01:50 PM

That’s what I’m thinking Charlie. I may frame this piece with some walnut. I’ll have to pre-finish the walnut first though.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#6 posted 11-08-2012 02:48 PM

I like the look of Padauk over time. Don’t care for the orange hue at first.

It’s an oily wood to begin with. Water-borne is the way to go for faster drying and color-fastness, but that doesn’t really appeal to me. I’d let it turn, probably opting for a shellac finish instead.

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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#7 posted 11-08-2012 03:22 PM

Solvent lacquer or waterborne poly. Nothing will keep it from darkening to a deep red mahogany/cordovan shade. This is padauk under acrylic lacquer after about ten years in the shade.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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47phord

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#8 posted 11-09-2012 01:27 AM

I made a picture frame for my wife out of paduak and had the same concerns. The only consistent answer I could find was to finish it with spar finish (like for wooden boats) which is UV resistant. I used high-gloss from a spray can, but you can get it in semi-gloss or satin.

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WildmanJack

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#9 posted 01-22-2014 02:42 PM

Hi guys, newbie here, Name is Jack, I bought a piece of Andaman Padauk about two years ago for $2.00 it was 1”x6”x14’. It was like hitting the lottery for me. Living in Florida buying really nice hardwood is like peeling the lips off a duck. Anyway, I’m building a small box and using a piece of the Padauk for the lid. So far I have sanded down to 600 grit and applied about 8 coats of natural Danish oil and really like the deep red finish of the wood. Now I want to put a nice glass finish on it. So do I use Shellac or Pollyurithane or what???
Thanks for the help..

-- Just an old banjo player tryin my hand at woodworking.

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RussellAP

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#10 posted 01-22-2014 02:50 PM

WildmanJack- I’ve been using General Finishes Arm-R-Seal on the top coat for padauk. I’d recommend a rag application because everything seems to gunk up on padauk because it’s so oily it wont absorb anything well. Thin layers till it is uniform. I have some projects that I wait months before a second coat goes on just to let it dry properly.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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WildmanJack

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#11 posted 01-22-2014 02:52 PM

Thanks Russel, I tend to get a bit impatient and want to put the finish on the day after I put on the oil. I know I shouldn’t so this time I’ll wait. I don’t want to screw this up as the wood is as smooth as glass right now, just a dull finish.

-- Just an old banjo player tryin my hand at woodworking.

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#12 posted 01-23-2014 10:43 PM

Well I was cutting the lid off a nice white Oak box today, Worked really hard to do really tight mitered corners and match the grain all the way around, then I dropped the dam box on my table saw blade, YEAH THE SAW WAS RUNNING. Not pretty, not pretty at all. White Oak shrapnel all over the workshop…

-- Just an old banjo player tryin my hand at woodworking.

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