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Forum topic by Don Broussard posted 690 days ago 852 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Don Broussard

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690 days ago

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I have two nice pieces of purple heart, measuring 1-7/8×3-1/2×52 and 1-7/8×9-5/8×51-3/4. I am looking for project ideas. I do want to make a hand plane (at least the sole) but I would like to pick your collective brains for other ideas. Thanks in advance for sharing your ideas.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!


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AandCstyle

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#1 posted 689 days ago

It makes great accent pieces for cutting boards or even a complete end grain board if you want to use it that way.

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Jim Finn

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#2 posted 689 days ago

I like to use purple heart for making lettering. Cuts well on my scroll saw and shows up well.

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Dusty56

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#3 posted 689 days ago

Basically an accent wood in my eyes . I have used it almost extensively for cutting boards and small projects like this :
http://store.lumberjocks.com/projects/16691

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12strings

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#4 posted 689 days ago

I made a scrub plane out of purple-heart, and have plans to use the left-overs to make a mallet for chiseling and a small hammer for adjusting my wooden planes…however, after that, I have sworn never to buy it again!

It’s just too hard, and the grain on my pieces is crazy… difficult to plane a smooth finish, and sanding takes forever.

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Don Broussard

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#5 posted 681 days ago

Sorry it took me a while to respond. My wife and I escaped for a week. Now I’m back in the shop.

Thanks for the ideas. I like 12strings’ idea to make a mallet. I figure that purple heart would be good for that. I am also thinking about making handles for my carving chisels. Comments on chisel handles?

I also like the idea of accent pieces in cutting boards. I haven’t made a cutting board yet but I like that idea.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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