Which wood stays redder over time?

  • Advertise with us

« back to Woodworking Skill Share forum

Forum topic by GaryK posted 1742 days ago 4778 views 0 times favorited 24 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View GaryK's profile


10262 posts in 2619 days

1742 days ago

I have a project I am looking at and I need some red colored wood. It will be exposed but will remain indoors.

I am looking at redheart, bloodwood and Chakte Kok (redwood will be too soft).

Which of those would maintain their color best?

Is there another red colored wood that I haven’t thought of?

I would hate to have to dye something red, but at least I know it would take a lot to make it darken or fade.


-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

24 replies so far

View Mark's profile


1787 posts in 1905 days

#1 posted 1742 days ago

african bloodwood

-- My purpose in life: Making sawdust

View Mark's profile


1787 posts in 1905 days

#2 posted 1742 days ago

sry u mentioned it already….i just trust it

-- My purpose in life: Making sawdust

View CharlieM1958's profile


15688 posts in 2849 days

#3 posted 1742 days ago

Funny you should ask, Gary… this topic was just brought up the other day.

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

View Rj's profile


1047 posts in 2262 days

#4 posted 1742 days ago

Gary stay away from red heart It will turn brown (I have alot of it) ! I also have Bloodwood and hands down would go with Bloodwood Its alot harder and has a great shimmer/chatoyant attributes.
I made a guitar stand (I’ll Be posting soon) out of Bloodwood and very white tiger stripped maple a fews years ago and its still the same color as the day I made it !!
Like you said Redwood is too soft and will turn dark red after a finish is applied .
Paduak In my oppion is more orange/red and in time will change color to a brownish ..not as bad as redheart though!
I’ve never worked with Chakte Kok… I just looked it up here’s some info on it … It sounds like it has a lot of the same characteristics as Redheart .

I love Bloodwood I just wish it didn’t cost so much.

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

View GaryK's profile


10262 posts in 2619 days

#5 posted 1742 days ago

Charlie – I saw that but it was asking a different question.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

View Karson's profile


34870 posts in 3031 days

#6 posted 1742 days ago

I would suggest bloodwood. I’ve made quite a few pens out of it and it is beautiful with a gloss finish.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

View ChrisBabayco's profile


67 posts in 2559 days

#7 posted 1742 days ago

I would add another vote for bloodwood. I have had very good luck with it retaining its color for ~5 years at this point.

View John Gray's profile

John Gray

2370 posts in 2516 days

#8 posted 1742 days ago

IMHO – No matter what you use if you don’t want it to “turn brown” coat it with a UV (Ultra Violet) resistant finish like Spar Varnish that is made for the outdoors when wood is exposed to the sun.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

View Dan'um Style's profile

Dan'um Style

12925 posts in 2614 days

#9 posted 1742 days ago

I don’t know …red cedar is too soft m but it stays RED ...

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

View Douglas Bordner's profile

Douglas Bordner

3963 posts in 2695 days

#10 posted 1742 days ago

I have bloodwood that has stayed 100% red for over a decade, it’s my vote. Redheart does go brown. I’ve never heard of the other candidate.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

View CanadianWoodChuck's profile


395 posts in 2545 days

#11 posted 1742 days ago

What about Meranti, it’s a dense hardwood nad stands up to the elements really well.

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce)

View patron's profile


13016 posts in 1972 days

#12 posted 1742 days ago

gary ,
i’m with the bloodwood .
i have had one twisted board for 10 years in my exotics stash ,
it’s the easyest to spot , it stays red , with no finish .

happy birthday to the wife today !
you two enjoy .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

View millmgr's profile


27 posts in 1743 days

#13 posted 1741 days ago

I would agree with bloodwood with padauk as a second choice. I also agree with John Gray that a UV inhibitor will keep the color more vibrant. I have heard that Armor All works well on the bare wood prior to finish, but I haven’t use it personally. Would need to test it for compatability with your finish.

View ratchet's profile


1286 posts in 2418 days

#14 posted 1740 days ago

+1 Bloodwood gets the vote for natural real redness.
I guess it depends on the red you are looking for though. Mahogany treated with Potassium Dichromate has a wonderful long lasting kind of reddishness to it.

View pvwoodcrafts's profile


222 posts in 2553 days

#15 posted 1740 days ago

The last couple bloodwood purchases I made have been very disappointing.Ordered over the internet. It was pinkish and off red striped. Not nice at all. Now I have bunch of ugly stuff I have to use up

-- mike & judy western md. www.

showing 1 through 15 of 24 replies

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics :: gardening showcase