#1
Hello, I am new to guitar building, and was wondering if it is necessary to finish padauk as I have noticed that it has a moderately open grain, and if so, would I use oil or shellac or some other type of clear coat. Thanks.
I only feel like me when I'm behind my ax...
#2
Yes, it'd benefit from a finish. Without, it's very possible that it will dry and shift much easier due to the open grain. Here's a great image to help you make a decision on the finish.

Also, a thread on TDPRI with a lot of insight: http://www.tdpri.com/forum/finely-finished/464528-padauk-finishing-share-your-wisdom.html

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Last edited by JustRooster at Mar 30, 2015,
#7
You don't need to finish Padauk.
Charvel DX-1 FR / DS-1 ST / DC-1 FR / Custom Strat / La Patrie Hybrid CW / Vypyr 30 / VK100 / 1960A
#8
Quote by Deliriumbassist
Padauk is very oily. A quick Google search confirms this.

Google search is incorrect in this context, then.
I use paduak in about 75 percent of my builds. I use it on necks, fretboards and tops.
It is not oily in any way. It is like a cross between wenge and ebony.
Doesnt clog up sandpaper like oily woods do. It is actually very dry.
#9
Well I guess I can hit it with a good helping of linseed oil after I finish the rest of the neck. Oil seems to be a good middle ground between an actual shell finish and none at all.
I only feel like me when I'm behind my ax...
#10
You can oil it if you want but you don't need to. Oily or not, it's quite dense and very stable.
Charvel DX-1 FR / DS-1 ST / DC-1 FR / Custom Strat / La Patrie Hybrid CW / Vypyr 30 / VK100 / 1960A