Padauk: Exotic Wood

Padauk is a very dense exotic wood known for its bright red to orange color. Padauk is often times mixed with other species to create color contrast within a given project. Padauk is a common and relatively inexpensive exotic wood, making it a great choice for all woodworkers. 

Characteristics

Origin of Wood TypeAfrica
Botanical NamePterocarpus Soyauxii
Specific Gravity.74
Avg. Weight Per BF4.5 lbs
Color RangeRed to orange
Rarity / AvailabilityCommon
Typical Avg. Width5 – 14 inches
Typical Avg. Length8 – 12 feet
Avg. Waste Factor20%
Wood UsesFurniture, Cabinetry, Cutting Boards, Boxes, and Guitar Parts
Lumber GradesFAS
Other Trade Names African Paduak, or Vermillion

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