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 Post subject: Padauk blues
PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2019 1:58 pm 
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I happened upon a lovely piece of Padauk at a local lumber shop at the weekend which I’ve been resawing over the last couple of days.

Has anyone else had bad reactions to this stuff?

It makes my nose fizz and catches the back of the throat, also a headache, but I can’t be sure the padauk is the cause.

I’ve had extraction running and even resorted to wearing the air fed hood but it still seems to be affecting me.


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 Post subject: Re: Padauk blues
PostPosted: Tue May 14, 2019 2:38 pm 
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Quite common. - https://www.wood-database.com/wood-articles/wood-allergies-and-toxicity/

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Padauk (Pterocarpus genus) - irritant, sensitizer, nausea, asthma

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 Post subject: Re: Padauk blues
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Yeah, its bad stuff.. pretty toxic as wood goes.

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 Post subject: Re: Padauk blues
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That's too bad, generally I'm fine with it. Nicest smelling wood in my shop...


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 Post subject: Re: Padauk blues
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It also oxidizes into a not terribly attractive brown. Looks great when first cut.


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 Post subject: Re: Padauk blues
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I had no problems after building a jewelry box for my wife but It's a real shame it doesn't retain it's color. It isn't worth the bother since it's going to end up brown anyway although I disagree with it not being very attractive. May as well use walnut.

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 Post subject: Re: Padauk blues
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If you never knew it started out a bright orange you wouldn't be disappointed in the final color. If you are not into bright orange guitars you might actually prefer it. Like Osage it has good "tonal" properties but suffers from the "aesthetics shift" when it changes color.
Like many of the woods we work with Padauk can be an irritant and you can be more or less sensitive to it. If after taking reasonable precautions you still find yourself bothered by it you may want to avoid it.


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 Post subject: Re: Padauk blues
PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2019 2:12 pm 
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Will any of the pattern be retained as the wood darkens? It’s been a couple of days since it was planed.


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 Post subject: Re: Padauk blues
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Yes, all of it. It's just a color shift.

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 Post subject: Re: Padauk blues
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I wonder if anyone has tried bleaching padauk and then staining it?
Here is a brief article about testing various finishes to preserve the color. Surprisingly, dewaxed shellac came out on top.
https://www.woodworkerssource.com/blog/ ... the-color/


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 Post subject: Re: Padauk blues
PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2019 7:07 pm 
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I’ve heard it can be an irritant. Fortunately it only irritates me at this point because of the red dust. I think it’s a sensitized too... right? Where you can become sensitive to it?
It sure does make a great sounding guitar though


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