Simulate purpleheart??

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Forum topic by FrankThomas posted 01-15-2010 06:20 AM 922 views 1 time favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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01-15-2010 06:20 AM

Hi All…

I am building an urn for a customer that loves the color of purpleheart but wants a dramatic grain figure as well. The species Purpleheart does not typically have much figure. I was thinking of taking Ash with some nice figure and then use purple aniline dye to make it look like purpleheart.

Anyone have experience with this?


P.S. I will of course, tell the customer that this is what I did.

-- Frank Thomas, Grand Rapids, MI

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#1 posted 01-15-2010 06:54 AM

I do.

Its very easy. I used aniline dye for the first time on my Jellyfish Table:

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All you do is mix it up and wipe it on. When you get to that actual phase let me know and I’ll give you a few other simple tips. Here is the BLOG that shows the process too. I got the dye from Woodworkers Supply. They seemed to have the most options for color. Here is there COLOR CHART. I would recommend calling them instead of ordering online, just to make sure you get the right thing.

By the way, its probably a good idea to use the dye because Purple Heart tends to turn brown as it ages anyway.

-- Happy woodworking!

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