Padauk is one of the heaviest, hardest and strongest timber in South-East Asia.
Small and definately steady. Shrinkage from green to oven-dry is approximately 2.8% radially and 3.9% tangentially.
Extremely durable and resistant to termites. Extremely resistant to preservative treatment, but does not require it generally. Untreated timber under most severe conditions lasts more than 12 years
Padauk wood is obtained from several species of Pterocarpus. All padauks are of African or Asian origin. Padauks are valued for their toughness, stability in use, and decorativeness, most having a reddish wood.
The padauk found most often in the timber trade is African Padauk from Pterocarpus soyauxii which, when freshly cut, is a very bright red but when exposed to sunlight fades over time to a warm brown. Its colour makes it a favourite among woodworkers.