So, I ordered 20 board feet of purpleheart expecting to get the usual 3 to
6 inch widths. Got some of that, but also got one board 12 inches wide
and 66 inches long. What a surprise. Now I just need to figure out what
to do with it. Clearly something decorative. I was going to build some
boxes thought purpleheart and maple would look good together.
What a great buy! Whatever you do- don't cut that board up to make
smaller projects. The gods of woodworking would smite you mightily if
Maple and purpleheart are great together. I'm preparing to chose wood
for a lap harp today and I'm looking forward to seeing what I have in
my lumber stack. I haven't been in there much the past few years- so
it will be a surprise. I'm hoping there may be a nice piece of birds-
eye maple and I'll laminate that with some purpleheart, or padauk.
Not that I need any more wood- since I have accumulated enough to last
me two lifetimes, but I have to ask- from where did you get your wood?
Donna Menke, author, The Ultimate Band Saw Box Book
Indeed they do -- the combination can be stunning. One caveat, though: a
few others have warned here that purpleheart turns brown with age. My
experience (and that of most of the people who have posted on the
subject) is the opposite: that it's brown when fresh-cut, and develops
its rich purple color through exposure to sunlight. The consensus seems
to be that there are two varieties of purpleheart, one which ages brown,
and one which ages purple. Probably best to verify which you have before
using it in a project.
Cut a small piece off of the board(s) you want to test, and expose the
test piece(s) to sunlight. If the fresh-cut surfaces started out brown,
and turn purple in the sun, they will [probably] stay that way.
A Google Groups search on purpleheart in this newsgroup should locate
the earlier discussions.
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