Padauk Outside and bending qualities

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Forum topic by Warren posted 03-23-2011 05:12 PM 3873 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-23-2011 05:12 PM

Hey all,

Quick question for you all. Is Padauk any good outside? I have a wonderful ecterior finish called Sikkens that is great but what happens to the wood in the sun? Also, has anyone ever tried steam bending it?


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#1 posted 03-23-2011 06:36 PM

Even indoors and out of the sun, Padauk darkens and turns from orangish to a dull brown. Outside, in the sun, it would probably happen quite fast.

I don’t know how, other than turning brown, it would hold up outdoors. It’s a very hard, dense wood and that wood imply good water resistance.

I’ve never tried steam bending it and my intuition is that this would not be a good candidate for steam bending. Too hard and stiff.

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#2 posted 03-23-2011 07:52 PM

I’d expect it to be brittle and challenging to bend. It is used in
guitars occasionally. I would expect it bends more or less like
ebony – not easy but doable.

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