Preserving, Refinishing, and Installing Hardwood Flooring since 1980.

Padauk

African Pterocarpus soyauxii

Shown below with water-based finish (top),
and oil-based finish (bottom)

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APPEARANCE

Color: Heartwood is vivid reddish orange when freshly cut, darkening to reddish - or purple-brown or black over time. Sapwood is cream-colored. Very uniform in color.
Grain: Straight to interlocked; coarse texture.
Species & Grade Variations: Slight variation in color.

PROPERTIES

Hardness (Janka): 1725; 34% harder than Northern Red Oak.
Dimensional Stability: Excellent (change coefficient .00180; 51% more stable than Red Oak).
Durability: Average to high durability.

 

WORKABILITY

Sawing / Machining: Saws well, but requires a slow feed rate; carbide tooling recommended. Machines easily, with some tearing of the interlocked grain.
Sanding: Sands satisfactorily.
Nailing: Good holding ability.
Finishing: Takes finishes well; some have found that water-based finishes hold color better. Has a tendency to bleed.
Comments: Dermatological and respiratory allergic potential.

COST

(Relative to plainsawn select Red Oak.)
Multiplier: 4.50

AVAILABILITY

Moderately available.

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