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Wholesale African Padauk Lumber Stock Information

CUTS: Mixed Grain
SIZES: 4/4, 8/4
DRYING: Kiln-Dried (KD)
WHOLESALE MINIMUM: 1,000 board feet and up


Species Information

BOTANICAL NAME: Pterocarpus soyauxii

African Padauk lumber is used in fine joinery, fancy turnery, carvings, flooring, decorative veneer, tool and knife handles.  Padauk may sometimes be confused with Rosewood but it is coarser and less decorative in figure.

 Padouk, Mukwa, Narra
ORIGIN: Central and Tropical West Africa
APPEARANCE: Heartwood vivid red when freshly cut darkening to a purple brown on exposure; sapwood 4 to 8 in. wide, whitish to brown yellow, distinct. Texture coarse; grain straight to interlocked; lustrous; faint aromatic scent when freshly cut
DENSITY: Janka scale hardness is 1,630 for dry material
WEIGHT: 42 – 51 lbs. / cu. ft., or approximately 4.25 lbs. per board foot
DRYING: Dries very well with a minimum of degrade
WORKABILITY: Saws well but requires slow feed, easy to machine but with some tearing of interlocked grain, takes a good finish, glues easily and holds nails and screws satisfactorily
DURABILITY: Heartwood is very durable and very resistant to termite attack. Excellent weathering properties
PRESERVATION: Heartwood fairly resistant to preservative treatments; sapwood moderately resistant
FINISHING: Finishes well