Padauk

Padauk Wood Flooring
Sample above is .75" by 2.25 " square-edge solid strip. Top portion is finished with water-base urethane; bottom with oil-modified polyurethane.
Appearance

Color: Heartwood is vivid reddish orange when freshly cut, darkening to reddish- or purple-brown or black over time. Sapwood is cream-colored. Very uniform in color. 
Grain: Straight to interlocked; coarse texture. 
Variations Within Species and Grades: Slight variation in color.

Properties

Hardness/Janka: 1725; 34% harder than Northern red oak. 
Dimensional Stability: Excellent (change coefficient .00180; 51% more stable than red oak). 
Durability: Average to high durability

Workability

Sawing/Machining: Saws well, but requires a slow feed rate; carbide tooling recommended. Machines easily, with some tearing of the interlocked grain. 
Sanding: Sands satisfactorily.
Nailing: Good holding ability. 
Finishing: Takes finished well; some have found that water-based finishes hold color better. Has a tendency to bleed. 
Comments: Dermatological and respiratory allergic potential.