African Padauk » Pterocarpus soyauxii

Why African Padauk?
Here's what to know about woodworking with this wood
woodworking characteristics

Character

When freshly cut the wood is bright orange red, becomes reddish brown. Moderately hard and heavy. Medium texture, but with large pores. Saws and planes easily to a very smooth surface.
color of African Padauk

Color Range

Bright orange red when freshy cut or planed, often with dark stripes; ocidizes to dark chocolate brown or light brown.
other names for African Padauk

Other Names

African Padauk, Mbe, Mbil, Mututi, Ngula, Bosulu
uses for African Padauk

Some Typical Uses

Musical instruments, furniture, flooring, turning, accessories.
the African Padauk tree

What's the Tree Like?

A straight, well shaped tree. Reaches 100 feet with a buttressed trunk which may be 48'' at breast height. The African Padauk tree grows in Africa; Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Nigeria, Zaire
map of where this wood grows
Weight

3.75

lbs /Bd. Ft.
4.75% heavier than red oak (3.58 /bd. ft.)
Hardness

1970

Janka Rating (?)
52.71% harder than red oak (1290 lbf)
Density

0.61

Specific Gravity (?)
-4.69% less dense than red oak(.64)

Woodworking with African Padauk:

General Workability
Good 4/10
Red Oak

Wood Texture
Fine 4/10
Red Oak

Ease of Finishing
Easy 2/10
Red Oak

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Padauk African Hardwood Sample
Padauk African Hardwood Sample
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4.75
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Would recommend this product.

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  • Width: Ripped to 3''

$9.00 /ea.

Padauk African 4/4 Lumber
Padauk African 4/4 Lumber
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4.714
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Would recommend this product.
  • Width: 4''-10'' with the edges still rough. Straight line ripping on one edge is available as well (available above with your order).
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$12.99
$9.74 /Bd. Ft.

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Padauk African 8/4 Lumber
Padauk African 8/4 Lumber
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5
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Would recommend this product.
  • Width: 4''-10'' with the edges still rough. Straight line ripping on one edge is available as well (available above with your order).
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$13.99
$10.49 /Bd. Ft.

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Padauk African 4/4 Craft Pack: 10 Board Feet
Padauk African 4/4 Craft Pack: 10 Board Feet
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4.6
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Would recommend this product.

Flat Rate U.S. Shipping!

  • Width: 3''-8'', with rough edges. Straight line ripping on one edge is available as well, see above.
  • Quantity: A total of 10 board feet (or slightly more) are included, approximately 5 to 8 boards depending on the size
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$174.00
$137.00 /Pack

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Padauk African 4/4 Project Pack: 20 Board Feet
Padauk African 4/4 Project Pack: 20 Board Feet of Lumber
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4.875
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Would recommend this product.

Flat Rate U.S. Shipping!

  • Width: 4''-10'' variety with rough edges. Straight line ripping on one edge is available as well (see above).
  • Quantity: Project Packs contain 20 board feet (or slightly more), which tends to be approximately 4 to 7 boards depending on the size
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$318.00
$249.00 /Pack

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Padauk African Turning Squares: 1-1/2'' x 1-1/2'' x 18''
Padauk African Turning Squares: 1-1/2'' x 1-1/2'' x 18''
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4.333
out of 5
Would recommend this product.
  • Width: 1-1/2''
wood of the month

$10.00
$8.00 /ea.

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Padauk African Quartered Veneer 2 x 8 Sheet: Paper back veneer
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  • Width: 24'' wide, typically 4 to 6 individual slices are laminated along the edges to create the full width.
  • Quantity: One sheet has 16 square feet
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$104.99 /ea.

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Padauk African Quartered Veneer 4 x 8 Sheet: Paper back veneer
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  • Width: 48'' wide, typically 8 to 12 individual slices are laminated along the edges to create the full width.
  • Quantity: One sheet has 32 square feet
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$209.99 /ea.

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African Padauk Pen Blanks
African Padauk Pen Blanks
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  • Width: 3/4'' square
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$1.50 /ea.

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