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padauk

A hard, heavy wood, red with black stripes, from India; used in cabinetmaking and veneer.
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One of the more commercially popular of the species is African padauk, whose uses include furniture and cabinetry, architectural woodwork, tool and knife handles, as well as musical instruments.
in Portland, OR, said padauk has been one of the "go to" exotic species for years.
Gilmer sells African padauk as well as the other padauk species for a variety of uses.
Ben Barrett, president/owner of Berkshire Veneer in Great Barrington, noted that African padauk is a mid-range priced veneer, available in good dimensions with few defects, so it yields well.
It is worthwhile noting that all measurements failed on padauk for the OW1 coating, presumably because of an interaction with extractive components.
For example, adhesion of OS2 on all wood species, except for padauk, differed significantly and significant differences were found for OW2, OW3, and OS1 on meranti.
Greg Engle, sales manager for Certainly Wood in East Aurora, NY, says he does not get a lot of calls for muninga, a veneer his company sometimes carries, "The material I have seen was very similar in looks to its relative African padauk and also like the Asian padauk, which is also known as narra.
Muninga, mninga, ambila, mukwa, kiaat kajat, kajatenhout, mutete, mtumbati, bloodwood, sealing-wax tree, Angola padauk, African brown padauk and Transvaal teak.
Narra, red narra, yellow narra, angsena, angsana, sena, amboyna, amboyna burl or burr (these name denotes highly figured veneers cut from burls), Papua New Guinea rosewood, Philippine or Solomons padauk.
Look up padauk in a reference book and you will most likely find three to five different trees mentioned, all from the species Pterocarpus.
Many species can legitimately claim the name padauk, but they should be mentioned individually because there are differences in color and properties," Attridge added.
African padauk is probably sold more than the others in the United States and Canada, partly due to availability.