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04-26-2014 07:27 PM

This is my first time to use it, and I have questions about the color. Is there something I can do to keep it yellow? I know to keep it out of direct sun, maybe a finish with UV protection? Any other tricks?

I bought a small piece for something I’m working on. 2” x 6” x 6” It arrived with a big crack in it. I wonder why it wasn’t waxed.

The place I bought it has good customer service. I sent them an e-mail with this pic. I haven’t yet heard back, but I’m expecting a new piece.

Any help is appreciated. Thanks!!

-- My reality check bounced...

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#1 posted 04-26-2014 07:35 PM

That looks like an extremely light piece of yellowheart. It should be bright yellow.

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#2 posted 04-26-2014 08:06 PM

I would make them take it back. it is the lights yellow hart I have ever seen.


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#3 posted 04-26-2014 08:12 PM

I don’t think its yellowheart, but I’ve been using yellowheart for several years and I don’t think it fades.

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#4 posted 04-26-2014 08:17 PM

I use a simple UV varnish and it seems to stay for years, but the pieces I have had for years have only dulled a little with light brownish hue that can be sanded off. Yellow heart is not an oily exotic, so there is no need for wax really. What ya gonna make with it? I have turned some pieces and the interlocking grain shows some luminescence really nice.

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#5 posted 04-26-2014 10:50 PM

I hope they do you right by it. I wouldn’t accept a crack like that. The light color we see may be the picture, not the wood.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#6 posted 04-26-2014 11:21 PM

Thanks!! The color in the pic is pretty close to the color of the wood. No flash used in the camera. I was hoping for very yellow, not mildly yellow.

It’s a bowl blank. They are usually processed as fresh cut wood and waxed to prevent cracking when they dry. Being as it is from Central America, I expected it to be waxed. I’ve seen some exotics heavily waxed on all sides, and some just the end grain.

It will be a big part of a small box. I’m glad it cracked now instead of later.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#7 posted 04-27-2014 01:38 AM

Can you swing by a hardwood dealer and pick up a piece of Yellowheart? You should be able to make sure you get a good coloring, can inspect it for yourself, and can likely get enough to make multiple pieces. If you can’t find 8/4 yellowheart there, you should be able to laminate it. It’s very straight grained and the grain is pretty faint normally so you wouldn’t be able to see a glue line.

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#8 posted 04-27-2014 01:53 AM

I’v got some 12/4 poplar that looks just like that.

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#9 posted 04-27-2014 04:51 AM

The only Yellowheart wood I have worked with was bought from a Woodcraft store many months ago. It was bright yellow when I bought it and is still bright yellow in the project I built. Actually I had not heard of Yellowheart wood before buying it. It is kinda cool. The piece you have, not so much…..............

-- mike...............

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#10 posted 04-27-2014 02:21 PM

don’t throw it out ! if they replace it, all’s well ! if they give you a partial refund , take it and buy a piece from another source….meanwhile use your table saw & cut out the crack a 1/4 ” or so from each of the wide sides of the crack and glue it back together. the figure will be so close to original , it won’t matter. It appears to have some variance in degree of color which might just prove very interesting…. lemons ….lemonade…. have at it, and good luck with your plans. They always turn out well from what we’ve seen in your past work….goodon’ya !

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#11 posted 04-27-2014 03:48 PM

Hairy: Yellowheart? Are you making those fantastic wooden cheeseburger projects again?

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#12 posted 04-27-2014 04:56 PM

Poopiekat, you are very close.

I got an email, with apologies. New piece on the way. Keep or discard the cracked piece. It’s all good.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#13 posted 04-28-2014 08:03 AM

Good news on getting a replacement! I’d like to see what you make of this piece; I like the idea of filling the gap. Failing that, two three inch bowls.

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#14 posted 04-28-2014 05:39 PM

In my experience it anything from a light yellow to a dark (almost golden) yellow and the colour doesn’t tend to change with age.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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