Paldao (Dracontomelon, dao)
Similiar Woods: European Walnut, Australian Walnut
Trade Names: Paldao, Dao, New Guinea Walnut
Origin: Papua New Guinea
Range: Papua New Guinea and also widely distributed throughout the islands of the southwest pacific and southeast Asia
Uses: To replicate Australian Walnut. Used for fine furniture, paneling and cabinetry
Properties: A grayish brown color with contrasting stripes. It is a strong tough medium density wood.
Machining: Works well with both hand and machine tools. Bends easily.
Seasoning: Moderate shrinkage when drying with tendencies to warp, twist, and cup. Once dry the wood is stable.