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Forum topic by RussellAP posted 11-24-2012 10:11 PM 877 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-24-2012 10:11 PM

Here is a little advice for those of you who will one day use padauk wood. Keep this in the back of your head, you might need it one day.

Padauk is an oily wood. It works nice and smells great, but it wont do a couple things you may want it to do.

1, it won’t bend even if you steam a 1/4 inch thick piece for an hour, it will only bend slightly before it splinters.
2, It will take a screw but always use the right pilot and don’t tighten it up becuase the wood will break off at each thread of the screw leaving it loose but impossible to extract without messing up your work.
3, Never use oil on padauk. It ruins it. Sand it to 180 and seal it with your choice of sealers. Satin works best and makes the wood irridescent.

This is experiential knowledge.

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

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#1 posted 11-25-2012 06:41 PM


Thanks for sharing, this will undoubtedly save someone a failed experience.

Work Safely and have Fun. – Grandpa Len.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#2 posted 11-25-2012 06:55 PM

I’ve used waterlox on Padauk with fine results…

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