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thedudeabides

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11-11-2009 12:25 PM

I’m looking for a deep, rich, dark-red hued hardwood for a furniture piece. Something really dark and accessible at the hardwood lumber store.


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MarcInAylmerQC

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#1 posted 11-11-2009 01:51 PM

Bloodwood is one option if your lumber store carries it.

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#2 posted 11-11-2009 02:03 PM

Try purpleheart with cherry stain on it. It turn pretty red.

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#3 posted 11-11-2009 02:36 PM

Other suggestions I would have would be cherry, paduak and brazillian cherry. See if your supplier has any in stock and the color is what you are after.

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#4 posted 11-11-2009 03:01 PM

I’ll second the option of blood wood. I have yet to run across any wood that even comes close to the deep red it can have. I assume that you are looking for something natural, and not stained? If you are going to stain it, then you can use just about any wood you want, then just dye it and stain it to the desired tone of red.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#5 posted 11-11-2009 05:07 PM

Bubuinga is a good choice. Very deep red—excellent with any clear finish

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#6 posted 11-11-2009 05:37 PM

My vote is for padauk, if you like this color:

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

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#7 posted 11-11-2009 05:44 PM

id have to agree with the first comment. bloodwood is a very pure dense wood. perfect red tone

-- M.K.

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Llarian

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#8 posted 11-11-2009 06:18 PM

Bloodwood or Bubinga.

Padauk is gorgeous, but it turns brown over time moreso than the others.

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Jim Crockett (USN Retired)

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#9 posted 11-11-2009 11:26 PM

Bloodwood would probably be my first choice. Some other nice red woods, but possibly not available through your local dealer, include redheart, bois de rose, chakte kok, flamewood, pau rosa, and Madagascar Rosewood

I don’t consider Padauk red – to me it is more a reddish-orange and darkens rapidly.

Jim

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#10 posted 11-12-2009 12:51 AM

One you don’t hear much about is red heart from Mexico. I’ve purchased it on the internet only; I’ve never found any of it locally.

-- Don, San Antonio, TX

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#11 posted 11-13-2009 08:22 PM

Redheart is a good choice, but it will fade with time (to a brown) with light exposure. I haven’t tried UV blockers on it. Bloodwood is supposed to hold the red color and not fade like redheart.

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Jim Crockett (USN Retired)

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#12 posted 11-13-2009 09:48 PM

If you use bloodwood, you might want to do a search on here for it I seem to recall someone having a quite serious allergic reaction to its dust – skin & airway. Found the post – it is here.

Jim

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#13 posted 11-13-2009 10:42 PM

I like Charlies Padauk

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#14 posted 11-19-2009 03:36 AM

Thanks for posting that link Jim Crockett… I read it and the comments and now I’m itching all over!

Bothus

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