Last week I posted a question regarding how to preserve or even
enhance the color of some purpleheart I'm using with my kids for
accents (miter keys) on SWMBO's Xmas gift. Many suggested avoiding UV
light and staying away from oil-based finishes. One responder
suggested heating it up in a 250º F oven to deepen the color.
Today I took the PH and starting running it through the table saw to
experiment with some pieces. At one point I was feeding too slow (I
think) and I scorched the wood. Interestingly, though, where I didn't
actually blacken the wood it turned an INTENSE purple. I mean Crayola
crayon purple! The kind of purple haze that would have made Jimi
Based on the suggestion to bake it in the oven, I'm guessing this was
from the heat build up at the cut. I took a little off cut and popped
it in the toaster oven at 250º for 20 minutes, popped a beer and
watched it bake (kinda like watching paint dry, I gotta tell ya). The
color seemed deepen some. I hit it with a little Varathane spray (as
another responder suggested) and now it's drying and we'll see.
Is my hypothesis correct, that the intense color comes from the heat?
If so, how can I re-create those conditions to draw out the color
(without using my saw blade as a heat source)? Should I sacrifice the
toaster oven and set it out in the back yard and bake my PH at, say,
450º for an hour or so (maybe SWMBO will get a new toaster oven for
Thanks for any thoughts from the gurus.