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Forum topic by Purrmaster posted 604 days ago 1473 views 0 times favorited 31 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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604 days ago

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 604 days ago

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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Don W

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#2 posted 604 days ago

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 604 days ago

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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Cole Tallerman

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#4 posted 604 days ago

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

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#5 posted 604 days ago

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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Cliff De Witt

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#6 posted 604 days ago

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 604 days ago

Try turning this stuff – purple dust everywhere!

-- BELT SANDER: Used for making rectangular gouges in wood.

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#8 posted 604 days ago

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 604 days ago

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 604 days ago

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

-- I support the 28th Amendment.

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#11 posted 604 days ago

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

-- Custom furniture

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#12 posted 604 days ago

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 604 days ago

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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Don W

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#14 posted 604 days ago

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

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#15 posted 604 days ago

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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