Why I Like Padauk

I just finished this box yesterday. This is why I like padauk wood. I mean, wow, just look at the color and grain on that stuff. You should be able to click on the photo to embiggen it to full size. I hope.

Author: grouchyfarmer

Yes, I'm a former farmer. Sort of. I'm also an amateur radio operator, amateur astronomer, gardener, maker of furniture, photographer.

17 thoughts on “Why I Like Padauk”

        1. I hate that when that happens to me! I run into problems when trying to write comments too.

          I’m not selling anything as yet. I am looking into it. I’m not sure where or when though. If I do decide to sell some of this stuff I’ll put up an announcement here


    1. I haven’t so far. My wife and a few others have been pushing me to go that route before we have to build a 2nd garage to store completed projects. I’ve been looking at Etsy as one possibility.

      The problem is price. Just to cover the cost of the wood, finishes, sandpaper, etc. I’d have to get about $75 for that padauk box, and that’s not adding anything in for my time. Add in that and I’d probably be looking at a price of around $150. It’s pretty, yes, but it is $150 worth of pretty? I have no idea


    1. It cuts beautifully on the lathe and sands easily to a very smooth surface. For a finish I usually just put on a seal coat of thin cut of shellac and top it off with carnauba wax.

      I have indeed experimented with a lot of other woods. Some of the stuff I’ve worked with appears in a piece I did on wood species a short time ago https://grouchyfarmer.com/2021/02/22/lets-talk-wood-part-i-species/

      which reminds me I need get Part II up one of these days!


      1. This one is already engraved with a congratulatory message for my son and his future wife. I’ll keep putting up photos of other projects as I finish them, though, and if you’re interested in one of those I’d certainly sell one to you. Thanks 🙂


          1. I have a piece of purpleheart on the lathe now but that doesn’t look very promising. The stuff is as hard as a rock and the color isn’t all that pleasing either. Sigh. Even the carbide tools are having trouble with it. I suspect that it will end up back on the shelf and I’ll dig out a different piece of wood.


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