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Forum topic by Charlie75 posted 04-02-2015 03:53 PM 813 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-02-2015 03:53 PM

I have a piece of Padauk that I will be incorporating into a bowl that I am going to be turning. When I pick this piece of lumber up it feels kind of like a sticky substance on the surfaces. It’s not a heavy sticky thing but just feels different then maple or walnut etc.
Will this be a concern when I finish the bowl? I have never used this material before so I am unfamiliar with it.


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#1 posted 04-03-2015 04:09 PM

Try cleaning the surface with solvent before gluing or finishing.

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#2 posted 04-05-2015 10:08 PM

+1 for WoodNSawdust’s answer. You should be fine after wiping it down with lacquer thinner or even denatured alcohol.

I like padauk and use it in a lot of woodturning projects. It has wonderful color and grain. Two points I’ll make for you: -If you are using it next to a very light wood (like holly) be aware that it will ‘bleed’ while sanding, especially if you are power sanding on the lathe, and;

-Paduak is UV-sensitive and will bleach out to a less vibrant brown after exposure to sunlight. Think about using a UV-resistant finish if it will be placed in an area exposed to sunlight.

Hope this helps.


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#3 posted 04-06-2015 04:23 AM

If you sand, be prepared for red dust that sticks to everything. If at all possible, prefinish light color wood next to it.

-- Rick M,

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#4 posted 04-06-2015 04:59 AM

After sanding your shop will look like a RUST storm hit it … use a dust collector.
I use it a lot for accent on my projects.

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