Padauk available at KJP Select Hardwoods in Ottawa, Canada


Project Boards

4/4 Padauk Project Board
From $18.95
Padauk Project Packs
From $110.95
8/4 Padauk Project Board
From $42.25

Dressed Lumber

1/2" Padauk (D4S)
From $23.95
3/4" Padauk (D4S)
From $23.95
1-5/8" Padauk (D4S)
From $47.25

Mixed Packs

Exotic Project Board Mix Pack
From $47.95 $53.40
1/2" Exotic Mix Pack (D4S)
1/2" Exotic Mix Pack (D4S)
Our Top 3 Exotics
From $61.50 $68.40
Exotic Dressed Mix Pack
3/4" Exotic Mix Pack (D4S)
Our Top 3 Exotics
From $61.50 $68.40


Padauk Thin
Exotic Wood Thins Package
$22.95 $25.85

Turning Wood

Padauk Turning Square
From $13.00
Exotic Turning Square Starter Pack
From $29.00 $36.00
Padauk Bowl Blank
From $15.00
Exotic Bowl Blank Starter Pack
From $33.00 $42.00

Cutting Boards

Padauk Cutting Board Blank
From $7.50
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Exotic Cutting Board package
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Exotic Cutting Board Package - Shorts
From $44.95
Padauk Dowel
From $4.95


Dowel Mix Package
Assorted Dowel Mix Pack
Mahogany, Maple, Padauk, Purpleheart, Walnut, & Wenge
From $27.95 $31.70
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Wood Dowel Offcuts
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Padauk Pen Blanks

African Padauk (Pterocarpus soyauxii)







Central and tropical west Africa


Readily Available


The heartwood ranges from a light pink/orange to a dark red/brown. The colours are at their most vibrant when the boards are freshly worked but will change to a dark brown/purple colour over time. It doesn’t take much sanding or scraping to get the original color back.


It works well with hand and power tools, but beware, the grain can be interlocked which can lead to tearout if your tools aren’t sharp. You should have no problems gluing this wood or having finish stick which makes it a great beginner exotic. It also smells nice with a light, aromatic quality. Fair warning, you will have colorful dust everywhere so don’t hesitate to wear a mask.


Veneer, flooring, turned objects, musical instruments, furniture, tool handles, and decorative objects. It’s also a fantastic wood for hand planes due to its awesome color, weight and stability.

Additional Comments

You don’t get much more bang for your buck as you do with African Padauk. It’s relatively inexpensive (for an import), looks great and It has a light, pleasant odor when worked. This species also takes on a wicked shine when worked with high-angle planes or scrapers. This is a fantastic choice if you are new to exotics so have fun with it.

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