|Forum topic by Jim Crockett (USN Retired)||posted 1886 days ago||759 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
1886 days ago
I made a box top out of padauk for a small cherry box. This piece of padauk was cut from a plank and the color is just plain blahhhhh – about like a red barn that has weathered for 15 years – blah red, blah orange, brownish. I’ve sanded it, I’ve tried some Seal-A-Cell, tried some clear dewaxed shellac – still blah! I’d set it out in the sun if we ever have any again here in Maine! Maybe I ought to try boiling it or something. I’d give up and use something else except the box has padauk miter keys so it would look a little strange with a walnut top. Plus it has very open pores, not quite as deep as oak but they are more obvious on a level surface – looks like someone took a craft knife and cut little slits all over the surface.
OK, now I’ve vented! Anyone have any ideas other than drop-kicking it, try scorching it with a torch, or painting it red? I’ve seen such beautiful items on here that have used padauk so there must be some secret that I have missed – do I need a secret decoder ring and a special password?
Any suggestions will be most graciously accepted!
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