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11-21-2009 09:06 PM

I’m going to be building a coffee table using some purpleheart. I am trying to get some other opinions on what other woods would look good/work with purpleheart. If you have any, please throw them out here. Thanks.

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#1 posted 11-21-2009 09:50 PM

I personally love to use maple and even figured maple if I have it around when working with woods such as purpleheart. I love the deep contrast of the woods.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#2 posted 11-21-2009 10:03 PM

ebony,holly,bloodwood,walnut, these are all woods i think will look good with purpleheart but its all in how u put it together it has to a nice ballance of contrasting wood

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#3 posted 11-21-2009 10:10 PM

i’m a big fan of maple with purple heart. but it all depends on what style you are trying to achieve. i have many pieces that are purple heart, bloodwood, and padauk. they contrast each other nicely since they all are so vivid in color. good luck.

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#4 posted 11-21-2009 10:55 PM

Walnut, and maple!

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#5 posted 11-21-2009 11:12 PM

I hope you are aware the Purple heart will eventually turn a brown color. If you seal it with a good top coating like varathane it will hold its color longer; but not for ever.
There fore I would suggest a light colored hard wood for contrast. Maple, Birch, Holly, Hickory, white oak and a red oak might work too.

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#6 posted 11-21-2009 11:47 PM

im with julian…maple makes both woods get really noticed

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#7 posted 11-22-2009 08:19 AM

I also like the maple with purpleheart… and a touch on the edge or an inlay of ebony makes a great contrast.

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#8 posted 11-22-2009 08:35 AM


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