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Forum topic by Mark posted 08-04-2010 01:57 AM 1184 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-04-2010 01:57 AM

hey gang…

so I have decided to build a little display cabinet 20”x16” for the epilepsy unit that I had spent a week in last year a few months before my surgery. The reason I am doing so is because in the epilepsy monitoring unit, wondering if you are a candidate for surgery, you are absolutely clueless about the surgery and healing process. So I’m making this display to give them an idea and enourage them. I will be putting pictures of me before and after surgery and anything else that will help them out.

Anyways, I want to make the door frame of it out of purpleheart (I want to make it all out of purpleheart but I don’t have enough) but what other wood would look good with purpleheart is what I’m wondering. Have any input?

P.S. why purpleheart? Purple is the ribbon representing epilepsy.

-- M.K.

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#1 posted 08-04-2010 02:00 AM

Mark wish I had some you’re a fine person I am sure someone here will have some purpleheart for you.
Good luck buddy.

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#2 posted 08-04-2010 02:03 AM

i have the purpleheart just not enought to build the whole case. I do have other woods but I’m wondering which would be best to match it.

-- M.K.

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#3 posted 08-04-2010 02:04 AM

i also have alot of bloodwood but when the two of them are together, they kinda just blend

-- M.K.

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#4 posted 08-04-2010 02:08 AM

It depends on what type of visuals you’re striving for. If you want bold, rich colors, you could use Padauk with some Bloodwood accents. If you want a more subtle, earthy tones, try black walnut and mahogany. Since you’re dealing with patients who have an issue with the brain being over stimulated, maybe the subtle color tones would be better, but I’m not an expert on this so it may not be an issue.

As for expense, the black walnut may be cheaper, but you can get nice paduak for a reasonable price too. Black walnut is a domestic wood that could be found locally and possibly cheap or free from local mills/lumberyards if you explain your need to them.

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#5 posted 08-04-2010 02:18 AM

Mark: I think you should use a light netural wood like maple or white oak and do all of your accents in the purpleheart, it would really make the PH pop out. No matter what you use it’s a great gift and a sharing of your ordeal. Good luck

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce)

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#6 posted 08-04-2010 02:22 AM

thx guys…i was thinking about white ash or walnut. But I also will be joining the corners with dovetails which will be made with purpleheart which I was thinking would highlight more with ash. This is a tuffy..

-- M.K.

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#7 posted 08-04-2010 02:38 AM

Mark: Degoose has posted a lot of projects here where he uses Purpleheart as an accent. You might check some of his posts.

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#8 posted 08-04-2010 05:44 AM

I would go for maple, beautiful contrast. In my gallery I have a maple and purpleheart box I made you can check out.
Don’t forget that purpleheart may not stay all that purple after a while. It tends to turn brown with light exposure.


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#9 posted 08-04-2010 05:51 AM

I tend to agree with the group that leans toward maple as the companion wood. I posted a purpleheart entertainment center about a week ago. I used maple as an accent stripe in the moulding. check the fotos. If it doesn’t show up well enough, drop me a note and I will send some better fotos if it would help.

Good luck on a wonderful project.


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#10 posted 08-04-2010 09:32 AM

okay…thx alot everyone…maple it is! Now I just have to scrownge it all up lol

Shopdog…I know I saw your e-centre and its effin crazy! You’re a nut to use all that purpleheart lol

-- M.K.

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#11 posted 08-04-2010 05:35 PM

I’m glad to see you went with maple, it’s what I was going to suggest too! :)

Btw I love this idea. And using purpleheart is so perfect!! Epilepsy is something pretty close to me.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#12 posted 08-04-2010 08:09 PM

tyskkvinna, with what I went through having epilepsy for 21 years of my life, getting the surgery was the best thing that ever happened to me. Its giving me a second chance and making this frame for them will never be enough. thx for the comment.

-- M.K.

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