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06-12-2008 12:44 AM

i am a millworker, and am thinking of different woods to use for a front door(exterior0 for my house, any opinions?we use mahogany, cedar, oak, etc in our shop, but never used p heart

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#1 posted 06-12-2008 01:12 AM

Remember the sun will turn purple heart turn brown.

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#2 posted 06-12-2008 01:37 AM

padauk is a really good looking wood and fun to work with ,don’t know what the sun would do to it .

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#3 posted 06-12-2008 01:56 AM

roper, padauk also turns a brownish color when it is aged. how about cherry, that would be beautiful with the sun on it all day it would be fully aged in a week of two.

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#4 posted 06-12-2008 10:14 AM

I’d stick with magohany. It’s a known quantity.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#5 posted 06-12-2008 12:21 PM

ya id have to agree with Gary, maybe you could make like a mini door with all the different woods and just stick them out side and see what happens.

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#6 posted 06-12-2008 01:51 PM

Agree with Gary. Mahogany is the way to go. Good looks and very stable.

-- There is no such thing as scrap wood!,

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#7 posted 06-12-2008 02:01 PM

You may consider laminating, mahogany exterior and purple heart interior?

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#8 posted 06-16-2008 03:54 AM

I spent a bit of time working with PH on my workbench and it’s a bit of a pain. I started referring to it as Porcupine wood due to all the little slivers I picked up during the project. Once planed/sanded with finish on it, no problem, but it’s prickly stuff while working on it. One thought is that a door made from it is going to be extremely heavy. I dont know if you’d need to have sturdier door framing or hinges but it sure couldn’t hurt.

-- Use the fence Luke

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#9 posted 06-17-2008 01:32 AM

I really like Trifern’s idea! The only way I can think of protecting Purpleheart from UV damage is butting some opaque material on it…kind of ruins the impact though. UV-resistant finishes just inhibit UV rays, and the door will turn brow eventually. Hey, it might look like, I’ve definitely never seen a PH door. You might want to consider Doug’s comment, PH weighs like a rock!

PH weight: ~58 pounds/cubic foot
Granite wight: ~162 pounds/cubic foot

Ok, maybe not quite, but it’s damn heavy!

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#10 posted 06-17-2008 03:20 AM

You could keep the purple heart “Purple” by using a dye on it before finishing. Just a suggestion…..

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#11 posted 06-25-2008 01:44 AM

great info and suggestions everybody!i am glad i asked.i work in a mill shop, and we usually build exterior doors out of mahogany, western red cedar, and sapele.sapele is my favorite , because of the beautiful ribbons, and it is cheaper than mahogany.i thought of using doug fir, but the thought of using ph was intruiging.brazilian cherry is a maybe, but very hard, and very heavy.these are for my house , so i am trying to do something special.any pics out there for a padouk door?

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#12 posted 07-11-2008 11:46 PM

i am looking for an idea to rip thick sapele lumber that is 3” thick or better. my table saw is not there a resaw that is small enough to have in a home shop?does anyone have any ideas ?

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