Paduk (Padauk)

Botanical NamePterocarpus soyauxii

Janka Hardness: 1725

Appearance: Sapwood is pale beige. Heartwood is reddish to orange and darkens to a deep red/purple-ish color with continued light exposure. Paduk’s grain is often straight or interlocked. Padauk’s vibrant hue is not too dissimilar to that of Rosewood.

How Paduk ages with time and exposure to light: from a reddish orange (left) to a deep purplish brown (right)

Properties: Paduk has excellent dimensional stability, making it very resistant to cupping. It also has high abrasion resistance, making it a very popular flooring option for high-traffic areas. Also extremely strong, durable, and resistant to rot and insect attacks.

Finishing: To maintain Padauk’s vivid hue as long as possible, it is recommended to use shellac in combination with a lacquer-based or water-based finish. Polyurethane finishes are discouraged because they accelerate the “browning” of Padauk.

Applications: Flooring , furniture, veneering.