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woodman71

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08-15-2010 03:49 AM

Hello everyone today I bought some purple heart. I start milling it down and start to see the wood was losing it color our it was get really dark It didn’t have have the purple color to it like when I started. Does this wood need to be set out to air after milling it and if so how long do you wait before you finish it . Thanks


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#1 posted 08-15-2010 03:54 AM

Geez I hate when that happens!! Planing the color off a board ;-((

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

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#2 posted 08-15-2010 03:57 AM

Just add a little sunlight once planed. Not too much. Oxidation is the key.

http://www.hobbithouseinc.com/personal/woodpics/purpleheart.htm

-- Kyle Edwards, http://www.sawmillnc.com, Iron Station , NC (near Charlotte)

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#3 posted 08-15-2010 04:01 AM

Sorry Woodman, but I couldn’t resist. The devil made me do it :-))

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

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#4 posted 08-15-2010 04:13 AM

It will come back, even without direct sunlight. A few days and you should be fine.

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#5 posted 08-15-2010 04:41 AM

I hate to tell you this, but it is true. Purpleheart will fade to a dark, boring brown over time. It is like Padauk in that regard. You can slow the fading down with a good preservative and/or keeping it out of the sun, but you cannot stop it.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#6 posted 08-15-2010 06:22 AM

What richgreer said is correct, direct sunlight will change the color of Purpleheart to a dark rich brown. It is best kept out of direct sunlight to retain its purple color.

-- ShopDogs, Tulsa, OK The tools aren't the problem-It's the organic interface!

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#7 posted 08-15-2010 10:38 AM

Freshly machined PH is dullish brown but the purple color comes back quickly as you probably know by now!
As Rich and Shopdog said it goes purplish brown over time. Using a waterbased finish can help retain the purple color for longer as well.

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#8 posted 08-15-2010 10:48 AM

What is the minimum depth of sanding or scuffing to bring it back to purple after it goes brown?

-- Bob in WW ~ "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 08-15-2010 11:00 AM

I can go and do a test if you want Topa! On my way to the shop. Test results can be here in say around hour’s time? :o)

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#10 posted 08-15-2010 12:11 PM

Lots of chip out on the planer too… but a gorgeous wood!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#11 posted 08-15-2010 01:49 PM

I built my entertainment center out of purple heart. I had completed everything but the doors when I had a fall from a ladder and a 3 month rehab. So there it sat in my shop. When I returned to the shop to complete this project the cabinet was a lusturous deep purple. The doors that I built over the next couple of days were brown! when all assembled together the piece looked like an unmade bed! So I let the whole thing just “sleep” for a few days (5) and then clear coated the whole thing with water based Poly. It all matches perfectly. Where it sits is out of direct sunlight and the purple has actually become that deep rich purple that we desired.

The piece it so heavy it took “3 men and a boy” to set on on the hearth.

And you are right, Ellen, I have plenty of lovely colored mulch!

Michael

-- ShopDogs, Tulsa, OK The tools aren't the problem-It's the organic interface!

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woodman71

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#12 posted 08-15-2010 03:54 PM

Thanks everyone I will let it sit for awhile.Shopdogs I looked at you entertainment center it is a beautiful piece. I bet that took some time and some money .

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#13 posted 08-15-2010 04:59 PM

Add my name to the list of PH lovers. I picked up a beautiful piece recently that is slated, in part, to become parts of a wood body plane, (my first). Going to couple it with some nice hard maple and maybe a little walnut inlay. Any suggestions as to finish?

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#14 posted 08-16-2010 08:25 AM

Div, if you have some brown PH, I’d love to know :-))

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

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#15 posted 08-16-2010 06:23 PM

Big Tiny,

The water based Poly does a great job without adding an amber tint to the wood. I always use 3 coats of the poly. I sand inbetween and just buff the final coat. If the piece is not going to be exposed to harsh cleaning- like in a kitchen or bathroom, I also like 2/3 lacquer cut with 1/3 thinner. It is nearly ginzle-proof.

I use semi-gloss in both finishes.

I look forward to seeing your project. I love mixing wood. THe PH entertainment center on my site has a mable pinstripe in the moulding. It really sets it off.

Michael

-- ShopDogs, Tulsa, OK The tools aren't the problem-It's the organic interface!

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