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4/4 Rough Cut Padauk Lumber

Padauk wood is one of our most popular exotic woods!

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.

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.

Although these boards have been skipped dress to show colour and grain, they will still require some TLC and additional milling. If you would prefer to have the milling done for you - check out our S4S Padauk Lumber.

Looking to save? Check out our Padauk Rough Cut Lumber Packs.

What can you expect?

We will carefully handpick a high quality board for you. We pay close attention to the wood species characteristics so we can send you a board that well represents each wood type. 

  • 15/16" thick
  • 5" wide
  • 24", 36", or 47" long

In order to offer more protective packing for shipping - our lengths are often 1/4" less than sizes listed. Need a longer length? Please email us for a quote.

Rough Cut Lumber

Who are they for? These are ideal for those who enjoy working with machinery or hand tools to mill their own boards.

We use this term to describe boards that require additional milling. Rough Cut Lumber have been run through the planer to show the grain however they have not been dressed. You will need to mill both faces and edges. Rough Cut Lumber are available in specific lengths with varying widths.

For example: 4/4 x 6" x 24”

You will receive a board that is just shy of an inch thick, with a width in the range of 5-6”, and is 24” long.


S4S Lumber

Who are they for? These are ideal for those who aren’t equipped with the necessary tools to flatten and straighten boards.

The term “surfaced” or "dressed" refers to a piece of wood that has been milled. To achieve the necessary dimensions, we select a larger board to work from. Both faces and edges are then surfaced so you can be assured that the board is flat and straight. These boards are available in specific sizes.

For example: 3/4” x 5-1/4” x 24”

Rough Cut Lumber vs S4S Lumber

Width: 5"
Length: 24"
Original price $20.95 - Original price $36.95
Original price
$20.95 - $36.95
Current price $20.95

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Customer Reviews

Based on 72 reviews
Laurie Morris (Windsor, CA)
great product

Very very nice

Tooly (Mississauga, CA)
Didn’t like the colour

Was expecting 48” long. Was 47 7/8” long. Asked why? They said all lumber is 1/8 to 1/4” shorter to fit in a 48” box. It was noted on their website that that’s what they did. I didn’t notice that or come across that info when I ordered. I had to order more material and order it longer. Amazing how it came in a longer box for the same shipping price.
Also too, was not rough cut lumber. Was planed on all four sides. Spent a lot of money learning that lesson.

Yves Parent (Gatineau, CA)
Guitar bridges

I ordered the Padauk for making acoustic guitar bridges blanks, because it transfer sounds as ebony and adds colour to an acoustic guitar. The piece i received was of first quality and is the perfect thickness (1/2 inch) to shape to a final fine bridge.