I decided I would try to whip out one of Andy’s palm boxes (mines a little bigger) for my daughter for Christmas. She loves purple so I picked up some purple heart and started cutting tonight. I’ve heard that purpleheart is brittle but WOW. I thought it would be along the lines of oak but this stuff splinters like crazy. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to do what I had originally planned. I work mostly with hand tools and had planned to do some chamfering and a little filing to put a lamb’s tongue on some stopped chamfers. What do you all think about the best ways to work with this wood. Will these tools work and leave a decent finish, how does it take to sanding if this fails? And my last question, I think I remember hearing that it is brown when you cut it (which I noticed tonight) and turns purple when exposed to air. If it has not turned purple when I put the finish on will it still change with time? how long? Thanks, pics to follow soon.
-- Mike, Western New York