I've just started into woodworking and have been building small jewelry
boxes out of Padauk. I love the orange colour and when finished with Tung
oil and wax, it looks terrific. Unfortunately, I discovered by accident (had
a box on a table in the sun) that the wood seems to turn from orange to dark
brown with age.
Is there any finish or something I can apply to prevent this colour change?
Sorry brother, you're out of luck. You can;t stop that Padauk from it's
gradual (sometimes rapid) evolution. You can however slow it a little.
First, keep it away from natural light; second, use a blonde or super blonde
shellac and stay away from oils; third, accept that it will darken
regardless of what you do.
The darkening will eventually stop if you keep it out of the sun. I have a
bookcase that I built about 20 years ago made out of Padauk and it is still
red but darker. no mistaking it for any other wood if you know that you are
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