Padauk Hardwood Flooring

wood-sample-padauk-largeVivid and striking, Padauk hardwoods are most often used for decorative purposes such as: wood flooring and veneers, inlay, boat building, fine joinery, fancy turnery, tool and knife handles, and carvings. Padauk heartwood is a vivid blood red, toning down to a dark purple-brown with red streaks upon exposure. Although the sapwood of padauk tends to be a very uniform cream or pale beige color, the heartwood is prized for its rich reddish orange tone. Over time this heartwood seasons nicely to a dark reddish or purple-brown color, sometimes even turning black. Padauk has a moderately coarse texture, with large pores and a grain that can be straight or interlocked.

The texture of Padauk hardwood flooring is similar to African mahogany, being slightly open grained. Paduak hardwood machines very easily and nails, screws, and glues very well despite its heavy weight. It also polishes easily to a excellent finish. Padauk hardwoods dry rapidly with minimum degradation. High abrasion resistance makes it an excellent heavy-duty flooring timber. Padauk is suitable for use with under-floor heating systems due to its excellent dimensional stability.

As a flooring option, padauk is one of the harder wood species. It is over one third harder than red oak, over eighteen percent harder than maple, and more than 75% harder than santos mahogany.

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