Orange Heart and Purple heart wood

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Forum topic by daves1 posted 02-05-2011 03:09 AM 3296 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-05-2011 03:09 AM

Does anyone have any experience in working with orange heart and purple heart wood? I just picked some up and plan on making a few small projects out of them. Are they easy to work with and what type of finish should I use.

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#1 posted 02-07-2011 06:21 AM

I’ve used purple heart on a few projects, I find it generally a pleasure to work with. It even has a pleasant odor when cutting it :D It’s fairly hard, slightly flexible, works easily, and takes a beautiful finish. I don’t have any experience with orange heart tho.

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#2 posted 02-07-2011 04:48 PM

I agree with everything Jesse says about purple heart but I will add a warning. The wood will darken and turn brownish over time. You can slow it down with a good finish and keeping it out of the sun, but you cannot stop it.

No experience with orange heart.

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

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#3 posted 02-07-2011 05:05 PM

I have used Purple Heart a lot in my projects, great to work with, very hard. Takes a finish very well.
Smells great.

-- Ray

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