Heartwood color can vary, ranging from a pale pinkish orange to a deep brownish red. Most pieces tend to start reddish orange when freshly cut, darkening substantially over time to a reddish/purplish brown (some lighter pieces age to a grayish brown
Workability: Overall Padauk is easy to work; tearout may also occur during planing on quartersawn or interlocked grain. Padauk turns, glues, and finishes well.
Malaysian Vengai: Since it is a very strong and straight-growing tree, it was often used in construction to make both pillars and beams. Unfortunately unsustainable logging has resulted in the complete disappearance of this tree from Tamil Nadu. However, the wood can still be procured from Malaysia. The colour is a dark burnt brown; and the wood is of high density with conspicuous pores. The grain patterns are unclear and indefinite.