Solid Purple Heart Kitchen Island

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Project by Brian Brace Fine Furniture Maker posted 09-06-2012 04:06 PM 3194 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This piece I made about 2 years ago while In Naples Florida for A client of mine. I moved to Black Mountain ,NC before I got to see it done with the granite counter top. I seam To be not able to find a photo that they sent me of it but I do have a few shots of it . It has radius ends that were all built in a form and laminated fron1/8th” strips and were cut out of a solid piece of 8/4! The apron was also about 8 ” wide so that did add to the difficulty of the piece.

Brian Brace
Fine Furniture Maker

-- Brian Brace Fine Furniture Maker,Blk Mt NC

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#1 posted 09-07-2012 01:56 AM

521 views and no comments? I love the piece. It seems like with almost all Purple Heart projects, it can be over done, but I do like this one, it just works.

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#2 posted 09-07-2012 02:48 AM

wow, impressive!

I swore off using purpleheart after just one project! It’s just so dag-gone HARD! (Although I may make a smoothing plane with the scraps i still have)

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#3 posted 09-07-2012 03:36 AM

I like it very much. A really nice piece. What is the finish?

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#4 posted 09-07-2012 10:32 AM

Great piece with the sharp looking purple in it. Have the clients said anything about it oxidizing or is it still purple?

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#5 posted 09-07-2012 03:07 PM

Wow ! Thanks everyone. To answer a few questions I did a lot of research with with finishing purple heart and the way I finished it was with a water base Vermont Natural Coatings finish. If you have never used it before it is a dream and has like no smell at all. I have been working with them for years and if you live in an area with high humidity try vnc. I would have heard from the Interior designer by now if it did start to oxidize because the cabinet company that finished the built it dry bar had that problem before I delivered my piece.
Thanks again everyone.

-- Brian Brace Fine Furniture Maker,Blk Mt NC

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#6 posted 09-08-2012 12:27 AM

Brian, I just checked out your web site and I must say. You really are a Master Craftsman!!!

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#7 posted 09-28-2012 11:14 PM

Striking ! Hope it stays purple.

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