Padauk African Hardwood Sample

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Padauk African Hardwood Sample

$9.00 ea.

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48 U.S., standard ground

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Padauk African Hardwood Sample

Get your hands on a wood you've never tried before! It's simple. Samples are milled on all sides to the standard size of 1/2'' X 3'' X 6'', as determined by The International Wood Collectors Society, and include the shipping cost within the 48 U.S. Each one is labeled with the botanical and common names. Use these to test finishes and stains, to compare color and grain characteristics, etc.

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About African Padauk (Pterocarpus soyauxii)

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 psi)
Density

0.61

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

General Workability
Good 4/10
Red Oak

Wood Texture
Fine 4/10
Red Oak

Ease of Finishing
Easy 2/10
Red Oak

map of where African Padauk tree grows
African Padauk is an exotic wood from Africa

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; oxidizes to dark chocolate brown or light brown.
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.
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.
More African Padauk!
You have a lot of ways to buy this wood!

lumber random widths Random Widths
You will cut and/or glue to create the sizes you need
rough sawn vs surfaced lumber Surfaced Smooth S2S
We buy rough sawn lumber and have it surfaced 2 sides (S2S) so you're ready to work
rough sawn vs surfaced lumber Kiln Dried
We stock kiln dried lumber and store it in a protected warehouse
rough sawn vs surfaced lumber 83%+ Clear
Unless stated otherwise, we stock Select & Better graded lumber that's at least 83% clear one side
lumber thickness Lumber Compared
Various lumber thickness as compared to one another
  1. Decide how much board footage you need
  2. Factor in enough to work with! You'll want to arrange grain patterns, sort color, fix mistakes, run test cuts, make finish samples, etc.
  3. Lumber comes in random widths and lengths. If you need special size considerations, please let us know by using the "Minimum Size Request" box in the order form or by confirming your needs by phone or email.
  4. Expect your final amount of footage to change slightly. Buying by the board foot is an exercise in estimation, therefore we don't know the precise amount of footage you'll receive (and be billed for) until we physically select the wood for your order.
  5. We want to get your order right! So we may need to contact you for clarification. Please use a good phone and email during checkout.

This is the unit of measurement for hardwood lumber when it's bought/sold in random widths and random lengths.

Board footage is a measurement of volume, and it's abbreviated Bd. Ft.

One board foot is equal to 144 cubic inches.

board foot formula

It's a fraction that refers to rough (RGH) sawn thickness of lumber, and it tells you approximately how many quarters of an inch make up the thickness.

Surfaced lumber is thinner because it started out as rough sawn but it's been planed smooth. Planing removes thickness.

Rough Sawn (RGH) Surfaced (S2S)
4/4 ~1" 13/16"
5/4 ~1-1/4" 1-1/16"
6/4 ~1-1/2" 1-5/16"
8/4 ~2" 1-13/16"
12/4 ~3" 2-13/16"

Unless otherwise specified, our lumber is "Surfaced 2 Sides" or S2S for short.

Check out our article if you want the full explanation.

If you can cut your own pieces to size, here's how we can help:

  1. Enter requirements into the order form where it says, "Minimum Size Request"
  2. Tell us what you want to acheive or make
  3. You will receive wood that can yeild what you need. (You will create the final size)
  4. We may need to contact you for clarification

You will cut and/or join your material to create the finished sizes you need. We'll pick out wood that will give you enough to do that. For this reason, the final amount of footage you receive in your order will be slightly different, and your final billed charge will be different.

If you want to only buy pieces of an exact size, that will be sold differently. Please contact us for a custom quote.

Sadly, wood cannot be 100% guaranteed to be clear on both sides all the time. Most of our lumber is graded "Select" and better, which means it's at minimum 83% clear on one side.
Hardwood grades explained

Customer Ratings & Reviews

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Ratings Snapshot
4.8
out of 5
5 (3)
4 (1)
3 (0)
2 (0)
1 (0)
Would recommend this product?
100%
4.8
out of 5
5 (3)
4 (1)
3 (0)
2 (0)
1 (0)
Would recommend this product?
100%
4 Total Reviews
  • 1
May 18, 2013
5 out of 5
1st time buyer
Review by  TR from ,
Great quality. It's just what I ordered. Definitely will be purchasing more wood from this company.
Recommended
November 15, 2012
5 out of 5
Padauk
Review by  Collin B from Denton, TX US
Absolutely gorgeous wood, could not be happier about the color and quality.
Recommended
October 18, 2012
5 out of 5
West Point Class Ring Box
Review by  Jack Balstad from West Point, NY USA
I used this wood to make a ring box for my west point class ring. I was a little apprehensive about using sample wood, but it was actually very high quality wood with great character. I couldn't be happier with the result.
Recommended
February 1, 2011
4 out of 5
Good for furniture
Review by  DHW from Keller, TX USA
Nice grain, good muted shades of red throughout. While grain is more muted than say bubinga, it is still very handsome.
Recommended
4 Total Reviews
  • 1
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