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Forum topic by ErikF posted 637 days ago 771 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ErikF

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637 days ago

I was rummaging through my lumber a few days ago and came across this board at the very bottom of a stack of santos mahogany. It is 9/4×8” x 9’ and I was hoping to save myself some gluing by cutting a set of legs out of it…cut the appropriate length and it smelled a lot different then expected and it had a purple tint to it. Ran it through the planer today so I could ask you fine folks what it is.

I have never used purpleheart and that is my first guess. It also has a slight mustard smell to it…

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shampeon

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#1 posted 637 days ago

Put it in some direct sunlight or fluorescent light for a few days. If it’s purpleheart, it will start turning bright purple before eventually darkening up.

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Dusty56

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#2 posted 637 days ago

http://www.hobbithouseinc.com/personal/woodpics/purpleheart.htm
Doesn’t appear to be PH to me ,at least not what I have seen and worked with to date , but check out the HobbitHouse link : )

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DrDirt

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#3 posted 637 days ago

Follow shampeon’s advice.
Put it out for a couple hours in direct sunlight and it will be unmistakably purple.
Freshly milled it is brown – then become purple with oxidation.

-- "If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves." Edison

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NiteWalker

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#4 posted 637 days ago

Yep, that’s purpleheart.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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WoodYard

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#5 posted 637 days ago

Shampeon is dead on. Exposed to light it will purple up in 3-4 days with indirect sun. Walnut?

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ErikF

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#6 posted 637 days ago

Thanks for the responses. I’ll put it out on my porch for a few days and see what happens. I am pretty positive that it isn’t walnut…tropical density and a different smell.

-- Power to the people.

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PRGDesigns

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#7 posted 637 days ago

Could it be Bubinga? How did the wood do in the planer? Easy or with some difficulty? If it planed easily, it just might be Bubinga. If it sounded like 2 cats killing each other, I would lean towards PH. If you have something to compare it to for weight, PH will weigh appreciably more than almost any other wood of a similar size you have in your shop. In my opinion, if it is PH, it should still be much more purple than the picture I am seeing on my laptop, if it hasn’t been exposed to sunlight for an extended period of time.

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NiteWalker

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#8 posted 637 days ago

He said he found it at the bottom of the stack.
I had some purpleheart not too long ago look identical. In fact I still have it, it’s just that beautiful bright purple now. And yep, pick it up, ph is very heavy.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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Howie

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#9 posted 637 days ago

This item should be sent to me immediately for proper disposal!

Looks like PH to me.

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AUBrian

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#10 posted 637 days ago

Looks like it could be Lyptus as well….I have some that’s the exact same color.

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ErikF

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#11 posted 637 days ago

I’ll be putting it on the porch today…lets see what that California sunshine does for it’s color.

Howie,

I am not a very big fan of purpleheart and would consider giving it to you if it wasn’t so heavy…shipping would be a nightmare. Also, I am a bit of a wood hoarder so even though I would know deep down I should clear out the valuable space, I would probably break down and have to keep it in the end. :)

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Howie

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#12 posted 637 days ago

Erik, key word here is ..heavy. Another characteristic of PH. Seriously, that is one expensive board

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lumberjoe

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#13 posted 637 days ago

This is a purple heart pen I turned from cutting board scraps. It was a DEEP purple before I turned it. Now that it has finish on it and hasn’t seen any light (I keep my pens in a box) it has not gone back to the deep purple color.

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jusfine

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#14 posted 636 days ago

Looks like purpleheart to me. I have lots of it, if anyone is interested…

Mostly 5/4 rough stock, 6-8’ long and most boards are about 8” wide.

Shipping would not likely be advantageous unless you want pen blanks or a couple smaller pieces.

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