Padauk (Burma) Hardwood

Padauk (Burma)

Burma Padauk is a hardwood species native to Southeast Asia, and is botanically known as Pterocarpus macrocarpus. It is a highly sought after wood for its unique and striking colour, which ranges from yellowish-red to brick-red, with occasional darker lines. On exposure, the wood will turn to a golden-brown and lose its initial gloss, while the sapwood is narrow and greyish-white. The grain of Burma Padauk is interlocked, with a moderately coarse or medium texture and medium to high gloss. Quarter sawn stock occasionally shows a handsome ribbon-striped figure. This versatile timber can be used for a variety of applications, including cabinetmaking, furniture, and flooring. Sustainable and legal sources of Burma Padauk are available, making it an excellent choice for a variety of projects.

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Also Called:
Mai Pradoo, Pterocarpus, Pradoo

Durability Notes:
Padauk (Burma) wood is a very durable timber.

The drying and seasoning of Padauk (Burma) is dependant on a number of factors; the speed in which it is processed after felling and logging, the method of drying and the specific kilns or location (if air dried). Generally the care taken by those processing the wood will have an impact on its drying and seasoning. As an overview; Padauk (Burma) - generally dries well with little impact on the grade and quality of the wood, but does tend to suffer from surface checking. Burma Padauk is very stable in use. Please note that all wood is liable to move when in service plus there can be dimensional change. The extent of this will depend on; the stability of the species itself, the conditions it is exposed to, the coating, decoration and protection. You will find more information about the suitability of this wood, for any proposed application, by using our interactive system and the filters shown.

Burma Padauk is a very hard, heavy, dense and strong wood with a very high bending and crushing strengths. It is stronger than its cousin; Anadaman Padauk (P. delbergioides). Burma Padauk is hard to work with hand tools and sawing dry stock is challenging. The wood has a blunting effect on cutting edges and pre-drilling is required for nailing and screwing. Carving, moulding and drilling qualities are poor. Burma Padauk glues and sands well and can be brought to a high natural polish. Despite its challenging working properties in other operations, it turns very well.

Typical Uses:
Cabinetry, Furniture, Flooring, Musical Instruments, Sculpting, Turnery, Carvings, Inlay, Crafts, Boatbuilding.

Moisture Content:
Guide - 10-18% for KD (+/- 2%)

Commonly asked questions about Burma Padauk Wood

Is Burma Padauk a hardwood or a softwood? Burma Padauk is a hardwood. It is the same for; is Burma Padauk hardwood or softwood? - Burma Padauk is a hardwood.

Most groups/families of species share the same characteristics but this normally relates to their life as plants. Individual species do not always share the same characteristics as their relatives, in terms of the wood. Many factors influence how we use the wood and what we use it for, including where it grows, how it is forested, how it seasons/dries, etc. The answers to the following common questions, therefore relate to this particular species/wood and not the Paduak family as a whole. Even more specific – our answers relate to the wood (as we know it) in its form as a useable resource.

What colour is Burma Padauk? Burma Padauk can be described as dark brown, dark red, red, orange

Is Burma Padauk good for outdoor use? or is Burma Padauk good for exterior use? Burma Padauk is most suited for exterior/external use. Burma Padauk can be used as an exterior/external timber (without treatment).

Whether the wood is naturally durable or not we would still recommend that it is decorated and/or coated with a suitable product to provide protection and/or maintain its appearance. This even applies when using the wood internally as, even subtle, changes in temperature or humidity will affect the wood. This will depend on the application/purpose of the wood and the user’s desired appearance. We also recommend that a recoating, care and maintenance programme is adhered to, for the life of an exterior wood. Wood cannot rot if it is kept dry – coatings and decoration can provide this protection. All of that said there are many durable timbers that are often left to weather naturally and will last for many years untreated/coated – movement and visual changes will occur but this is sometimes the desired effect. All wood is hygroscopic (it 'wants' to be in tune with its environment) it will therefore take on water from moisture in the air (or when directly exposed to or submerged in water) and ‘release it’ when dry or exposed to heat. This, inevitably, results in movement and dimensional change. For more about moisture in wood please click here - Moisture in wood

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