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Woods that match African Padauk

Hello all! I'm designing a desk for myself and I think African Padauk would make a beautiful desk. The lumber is quite expensive so I'm considering only using Padauk for the desk top.

Does anyone have any suggestions on what type of woods would match the color of Padauk? I'm thinking Walnut may look good with Padauk but I'd like other people's opinions.

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Do you want to match the bright red colour when freshly sanded, the deeper red when finish is applied, or the muddy dark red-brown colour it will have after a few weeks or at most months?
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Here's what I've combined with padauk:
From the bottom up - figured maple, padauk and genuine mahogany


Padauk & quilted maple chandelier:


Padauk and African mahogany (sap wood):


I'm not sure if you know this, but padauk loses its red color with age and when it's finished. In all the pics above, only lacquer has been applied. I had some pieces that were orange-red but once the finish was applied darkened a lot.
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After doing some more research on Padauk I'm likely to go in a different direction. I wasn't aware that its color changes drastically to brown with time. From what I've been reading this seems to be an issue with all red woods.
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After doing some more research on Padauk I'm likely to go in a different direction. I wasn't aware that its color changes drastically to brown with time. From what I've been reading this seems to be an issue with all red woods.
Another option would be to use a lighter wood like honduras mahogany and color it with Transtint dyes. The artificial color of the dye would be more colorfast. There is also a product called Sun Block sold by Kwick Kleen that is like sun screen for wood that would help retain the color.
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After doing some more research on Padauk I'm likely to go in a different direction. I wasn't aware that its color changes drastically to brown with time. From what I've been reading this seems to be an issue with all red woods.
Bloodwood and bubinga do not change colour anywhere close to padauk.

I happen to really like bubinga.

Take a look at Phind's site for pictures.

http://www.hobbithouseinc.com/person...dpics/#letterB
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Figured wood take my breath away and make great table and desk tops. But they aren't cheap. If you are trying to build something with cheap wood, it will look like it.

Some prices where I buy, 4/4 (3/4"thick), per board foot (12x12x4/4):
  • Red Oak - $3.39
  • Hard Maple - $3.68
  • Superior Grade Alder - $5.62
  • Birch - $5.71
  • Red Oak (rift) - $5.72
  • Red Oak (QS) - $6.44
  • Cherry - $6.86
  • Walnut - $6.91
  • Jatoba - $6.98
  • African Mahogany - $7.78
  • Sapele - $8.68
  • Padauk - $8.70
  • Figured Cherry - $9.21
  • Med. Figured Maple - $9.31
  • Bloodwood - $10.48
  • Birdseye Maple - $12.59
  • Honduran Mahogany - $13.60
  • Bubinga - $13.98
  • Rosewood (Santos) - $18.80
  • CocoBolo - $26.40
  • Koa - $29.98
  • Rosewood (Honduras) - $31.64
  • Figured Koa - $46.25
  • Macassar Ebony - $95.90
I love figured maple. It has amazing depth. It can be dyed any color. And it's tough as nails. But it can be tough to plane. And you have to dye it, not stain it, if you want to bring out its beauty.

I'd suggest looking at pics of the different woods on the net. Decide what you like and can afford and go for it. You can use rift sawn red oak for all but the top and make the top something you really like. Plain sawn red oak can detract from whatever richness the top wood adds.
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Holy moly.......I just paid 3.50 or 3.35 for rift sawn red oak.....and 2 something for hard maple.......apparently chicago is expensive for wood....
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