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Forum topic by Jim Crockett (USN Retired) posted 06-23-2009 04:33 AM 806 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jim Crockett (USN Retired)

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06-23-2009 04:33 AM

Help!!!

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!

Jim

-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".


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a1Jim

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#1 posted 06-23-2009 04:42 AM

My use of padauk is limited but I think Larry or Dan had some advise about it’s color change I’ll see if I can find it for you.

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Jim Crockett (USN Retired)

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#2 posted 06-23-2009 05:09 AM

Jim, I know that it darkens with time and exposure to UV light. I expect that but not for it to appear so blah as it does freshly cut. Maybe I just have a bad piece, who knows, but it sure is frustrating!

Jim

-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".

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Boardman

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#3 posted 06-24-2009 12:11 AM

I use BLO and a few days in the sun to get a mild burgundy color – the BLO really helps to kill the screaming orange color.

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teenagewoodworker

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#4 posted 06-24-2009 12:40 AM

i actually like that orange color. just me but after a few days it will ussually darken up a bit

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