African Padauk is also called Vermillion and is found in Central and tropical west Africa. It is a durable wood and is mainly used for Veneer, musical instruments, furniture, flooring, turned objects, etc.
|Length||50mm to 3000mm|
|Thickness||7mm to 67mm|
|Width||0.1m to 3m|
|Average density||745 kg/m3|
|Janka rating||1,970 lbf (8,760 N)|
African Padauk or Vermillion (Scientific Name: Pterocarpus soyauxii) is sourced mainly from Central and tropical west Africa. The trees are about 100-130 ft (30-40 m) tall and have a 2-4 ft (.6-1.2 m) trunk diameter. The wood has an average dried weight of 47 lbs/ft3 (745 kg/m3) and a 1,970 lbf (8,760 N) Janka rating.
The colour of Padauk heartwood can range from light orange to dark brownish red. Most pieces often begin freshly cut reddish-orange and gradually deepen over time to a reddish-brown colour (some lighter pieces age to a greyish brown). Though normally straight, grain can occasionally be interlaced. with a good natural shine and a rough, open texture. The wood is categorised as very robust to durable with exceptional decay resistance. Additionally, termites and other pests cannot do harm to padauk. It is simple to work with; nevertheless, planing on quartersawn boards may result in tear-out due to interlocked grain. Padauk works well to turn, glue, and finish. Often imported as turning and craft blanks, timber is available in a range of lengths and thicknesses.
For imported timber, the pricing ought to be reasonable. Veneer, furniture, flooring, turned objects, tool handles, and other small speciality things are some of the common uses for padauk.
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