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11-19-2009 03:03 AM

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.

Thanks

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


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#1 posted 11-19-2009 03:06 AM

african bloodwood

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#2 posted 11-19-2009 03:10 AM

sry u mentioned it already….i just trust it

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#3 posted 11-19-2009 03:23 AM

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

http://lumberjocks.com/topics/11636

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#4 posted 11-19-2009 03:27 AM

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 . http://wiki.bmezine.com/index.php?title=Chakte_Kok&redirect=no

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

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#5 posted 11-19-2009 03:34 AM

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

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#6 posted 11-19-2009 03:40 AM

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

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#7 posted 11-19-2009 03:48 AM

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

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#8 posted 11-19-2009 04:01 AM

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.

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#9 posted 11-19-2009 05:09 AM

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

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#10 posted 11-19-2009 08:00 AM

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.

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#11 posted 11-19-2009 02:26 PM

What about Meranti, it’s a dense hardwood nad stands up to the elements really well.
http://www.curiouswoods.com/wood--Philipine-Mahogany-Red-Meranti--M.html

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#12 posted 11-19-2009 02:46 PM

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 .

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you two enjoy .

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#13 posted 11-19-2009 03:20 PM

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.

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#14 posted 11-20-2009 08:30 PM

+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.

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#15 posted 11-20-2009 10:37 PM

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

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