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Forum topic by Charlie75 posted 04-02-2015 03:55 PM 812 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-02-2015 03:55 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.

I also posted thjis question in the turning forum.


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#1 posted 04-02-2015 09:42 PM

It’s oil. Paduak is a tropical hardwood and is oilier than maple or walnut. You may want to wipe it down with lacquer thinner just before gluing up and just before th first coat of finish. I haven’t had any problems with lacquer or shellac on paduak and I don’t wipe it. If you can feel the oil it probably wouldn’t hurt to wipe it down just before the glueup.
It is beautiful wood and finishes very nice. Be prepared it will turn your shop and everything in it orange.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#2 posted 04-02-2015 10:07 PM

Has it been dipped in wax? A lot of times turning squares or bowl blanks are dipped wax.

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#3 posted 04-03-2015 12:13 AM

Not on the waxy feel thing, but my limited experience with padauk is that it has a beautiful color when freshly worked, but it rapidly darkens, no matter the finishing method. Be prepared when choosing the species for your turning blank glue up that today’s red-orange will be tomorrow’s brown.

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#4 posted 04-03-2015 01:17 AM

I had some color bleeding after finishing a small cutting board with oil. The red was bleeding into the edge of the maple and made a funny line. Do an experiment piece first to test your finish too.

-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.

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