Purpleheart box

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Project by Dragonstaar posted 09-15-2010 04:24 AM 1660 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Purpleheart box, finished with Hut’s Crystal Coat.

Turning a solid piece of Purpleheart is a frustrating process – almost as frustrating as Wenge! Grrrr. Think I’ll leave Purpleheart as an accent rather than using it for an entire project.

-- Susannah, Colonial Beach VA

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#1 posted 09-15-2010 04:38 AM

That’s great – I like your style

-- David Australia

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#2 posted 09-15-2010 04:39 AM

Looks great! (But thanks for the warning.)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 09-15-2010 04:41 AM

I’m with you on the purpleheart – I think that wood has evil spirits. I used to try to use it for pens, but I’ve never seen a wood more prone to chipping and splintering. Its only virtue is that it’s hard as a rock. I used a pen blank’s endgrain to cave my chop for Japanese ink painting.

At least you didn’t let it get the better of you this time. Nice piece.

-- Robert - Visit my woodworking blog:

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#4 posted 09-15-2010 06:52 AM

Well looks like you did a very nice job anyway, like the style of this box.

-- RStadler

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#5 posted 09-15-2010 11:09 AM

Great looking. I think you should do more with that wood.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#6 posted 09-15-2010 02:04 PM

Now that is pretty! Awesome work!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#7 posted 09-15-2010 04:21 PM

Very nice! I like the design – the wood may have been a challenge, but in the end this is a beautiful piece!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#8 posted 09-15-2010 10:44 PM

Your little vessels are magnificent!


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#9 posted 09-17-2010 01:27 AM

I feel the same way, purpleheart is not the turners friend. Very nice box.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#10 posted 10-19-2010 03:23 AM

All your work is delightful.

I’ve two questions if I may.

The first is how has the HUT finish held up?

The second is how has color retention been with the Purpleheart?

Thank you.

Belton, Mo

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#11 posted 10-19-2010 02:58 PM


The Hut’s Crystal Coat does a good job of holding up. It’s a shellac/carnuba wax combo that puts a nice glasslike finish without having to go thru a zillion finishing steps. I do have to admit that HOW glassy the shine appears depends upon the wood it’s on (see my little Burmese Paduak bowl vs. this one).

This particular piece of Purpleheart has been chameleon-like. It started out a rich royal underneath the wax coat; was a really ho-hum dull brown during and shortly after turning; but it has since bloomed to a nice red-violet. Go figure. I have no freakin’ clue what it’s gonna look like a year from now!

-- Susannah, Colonial Beach VA

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#12 posted 10-19-2010 03:03 PM

That’s a very pretty box; I love that wood and the finish and you did a wonderful job on it.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#13 posted 10-19-2010 03:16 PM

That is beautiful… I’ll bet ya made a few trips to the grinder while doin this? lol Awesome work

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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