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06-19-2010 10:48 PM

Topic tags/keywords: cherry purple heart padauk aroumatic cedar darken darkening chancing over time

What woods beside cherry, purple heart, padauk and aroumatic cedar are noted for darkening or changing color over time?

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence


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#1 posted 06-19-2010 10:55 PM

As a general rule dark woods lighten and light woods darken.

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#2 posted 06-19-2010 11:15 PM

Popular starts out white and green and then darkens to brown. When I llook at popular at Home depot I don’t like it. However when it darkes it look very attractive.

-- Don - Rochester, NY

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#3 posted 06-20-2010 04:02 AM

Like Jim said most light woods will darken over time. Pine and maple will darken also.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#4 posted 06-20-2010 04:57 AM

Pine and maple aren’t really dramatic like padauk and purple heart, are they?

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 06-20-2010 05:04 AM

Douglas Fir is one of the woods I use regularly that is really prone to “sunburn” as we call it. It need not even be in the sun – just the light of the shop will significantly change its color over a week. And it’s tough to sand out, so we cover all work in progress.

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#6 posted 06-20-2010 05:06 AM

red mulberry changes from bright yellow to a nice cool brown that looks just like aged teak

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#7 posted 06-20-2010 05:33 AM

Osage Orange changes quite dramatically over time. Goes from a ruddy orange to a deep brown.

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#8 posted 06-20-2010 07:10 AM

Thanks. seems like all wood wants to be about the same when it dries out :-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#9 posted 06-20-2010 08:00 AM

Persimmon wood, native to the central U.S. will turn almost black when exposed to light and/or air. I gave my uncle a small pile of it to turn and he loves it. I discovered this quality by accident when I had some piled up outside destined for the fire pit. It was saved for special projects. Hope this adds a new one to your list, BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#10 posted 06-20-2010 08:14 AM

Yup, it does, but we don’t have it out here is Water World.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#11 posted 06-20-2010 11:58 AM

Hey BTKS. Can you post something made out of that wood that has changed, that would be neat to see.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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