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Forum topic by Purrmaster posted 12-24-2012 12:43 PM 2043 views 0 times favorited 31 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-24-2012 12:43 PM

I am not using purpleheart again if I can avoid it. Working that stuff is like trying to work concrete. The color is nice enough but it just isn’t worth the frustration. It tears out if you just look at it funny. Even my trusty Veritas jack plane couldn’t plane it without tear out.

And has anyone noticed that it smells funny when you cut it? It smells like old M&Ms.

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#1 posted 12-24-2012 01:06 PM

I have noticed the funny smell, but as for working, I haven’t found it all that difficult, but I don’t use hand tools on it that much either…

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

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#2 posted 12-24-2012 01:12 PM

I’m assuming you mean a low angle jack? Purple heart is splintery and hard. Low angle would not be the best plane to use. Its one of those times when the “one size fits all” doesn’t apply.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#3 posted 12-24-2012 02:21 PM

Yup its a pain in the neck to work. I use it spraingly and typically only as an accent. Sharp sharp tools are a must.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#4 posted 12-24-2012 02:42 PM

So send me the rest of your Purple Heart!! i’ve never used it. lol

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#5 posted 12-24-2012 03:39 PM

Most of the hard oily exotics are like that, yellow heart, wenge, paduak etc. pay special attention to grain direction and of course super sharp tools only!

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#6 posted 12-24-2012 04:17 PM

I have never seen an M&M last long enough to get old.

-- Trying to find an answer to my son’s question: “…and forming organic cellulose by spinning it on its axis is interesting, why?”

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#7 posted 12-24-2012 04:23 PM

Try turning this stuff – purple dust everywhere!

-- *Arachnoleptic Fit*: The frantic dance performed just after you've accidently walked through a spider web.

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#8 posted 12-24-2012 04:24 PM

I don’t think it works too bad, though the splinters are nasty. It just frustrates me to know that color won’t hold. I tell people when I hand them something with purpleheart, hey look, that is going to turn brown in a year or two.

-- Dan V. in Indy

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#9 posted 12-24-2012 04:29 PM

Purple heart gets me sick so no more for me, as far as smell I had some rough sawn stuff and when I cleaned it up it smelled really sweet and gave off a unique aroma when cutting. A pleasent smell.

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#10 posted 12-24-2012 04:36 PM

I’ve never use it but hope to some day soon. Thanks for the warning, everybody. :)

-- There are three types of people in this world... those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who wonder what happened.

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#11 posted 12-24-2012 04:39 PM

It can be a pain to mill,but smelling like old M&M’s ???

-- Custom furniture

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#12 posted 12-24-2012 05:59 PM

I don’t like M&M’s! They are to difficult to peel.

-- TheShadeTreeWW If God wanted me to touch my toes, he'd have put them on my knees

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#13 posted 12-24-2012 06:07 PM

I have some curly purpleheart if you would like to try working that with a handplane. I don’t think I would touch it with hand tools.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#14 posted 12-24-2012 06:09 PM

is there a different smell from old and new M&M’s?

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#15 posted 12-24-2012 06:12 PM

Whenever I try to plane M&Ms they just gunk up the hand planes. Regarding purple heart, I only use it for accents—-a little of it can go a long way.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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