Padauk, African Padauk
OTHER COMMON NAMES:
Padauk, African Padauk, Mbe, Mbil, Mututi, Ngula, Bosulu
Padauk is a favorite hardwood of woodworkers and hobbyists alike, due to its attractive color and appearance. Typical uses include musical instruments, flooring, veneers, furniture, turnery and small specialty wood products..
Central Africa, Western Africa
Amboyna (Pterocarpus indicus)
Kiaat (Pterocarpus angolensis)
Narra (Pterocarpus indicus)
AVG BENDING STRENGTH:
Padauk’s heartwood ranges from a light pink-orange hue to a darker reddish brown color, usually darkening somewhat with age and exposure.
Usually Padauk exhibits a straight grain that can sometimes be interlocked.
Medium to coarse texture with large open pores.
Padauk exhibits a pleasing natural luster.
Excellent dimensional stability with little or no movement during service.
Padauk is typically rated as durable, with a strong resistance to decay and insects.
A slight blunting effect may be noticed on cutting tools.
Padauk lumber cuts vey well with a slower feed rate and carbide-tipped blades in use.
Planes to a very smooth surface, although quartersawn stock with interlocked grain is susceptible to tearing.
Padauk exhibits excellent turning properties.
Good drilling and boring properties.
Padauk responds well to most gluing applications.
Padauk lumber typically holds nails well, although pre-drilling is recommended to avoid splitting, especially in smaller stock.
Holds screws well. Pre-boring recommended, especially for smaller stock.
Polishes well to a pleasing natural finish.
Water-based finishes are recommended for use with Padauk in order to minimize bleeding.