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Dadoo

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2211 days ago

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I’m currently refinishing a Stanley Defiance Smoothing Plane and thought the tote and knob were purpleheart (as evidenced by all the fine purple sawdust that sticks to and dyes everything it touches) but Google research finds that this plane was made with rosewood. I’m confused as I’ve no experience with purpleheart or rosewood. Which is which?

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lew

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#1 posted 2211 days ago

Dadoo,

Found this website that has some information about exotic woods- maybe it will help.

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

Lew

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#2 posted 2211 days ago

Brazilian Rosewood might have a purple tint. he wood is restricted and is not sold anymore except for old wood that might still exist in the world. Other varieties of rosewood are available. The the Brazilian version is very expensive but was used a lot in old tools and was readily available them.

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#3 posted 2211 days ago

I think the majority of the older planes used rosewood for the totes. I’m in the process of redoing some of my planes, but I using cherry, ala Lie-Nielsen. Wouldn’t look forward to doing all of that shaping with purpleheart.

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#4 posted 2211 days ago

Thanx guys but what I’m asking is: Does Rosewood sand to a fine purple dust…a dust that tints and stains everything? It even turned the polyurethane a purple color. At first I thought it might be a dye Stanley used for the tote and knob (see this: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/9178) but the deeper I sanded, the more there was!

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#5 posted 2210 days ago

Dado;

I suppose rosewood could produce purple sawdust, coming from certain boards. I think it would be somewhat rare though.

I’ve never heard of any commercial company that used purple heart in their operations.

Lee

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#6 posted 2210 days ago

Dadoo can you give us a picture.
As far as I know there is only one general species of purpleheart but several woods get named “rose wood”
I have even seen cocobolo named rose wood.

Bob

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#7 posted 2210 days ago

When purpleheart is sanded it looks brown at first, then turns back to purple after the air/sun hits it. Is that the case?

I’ve got some SE Asian rosewood that is definitely purplish in color.

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#8 posted 2210 days ago

Dadoo, you wouldn’t be a little color blind would you? :]

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#9 posted 2210 days ago

It might be kingwood. I’m not positive if it’s a true rosewood but I’ve seen it referred to as rosewood sometimes. Kingwood can have a very purple cast to it.

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