Purple Heart Boxes

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Project by wncguy posted 08-26-2014 06:23 PM 2091 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Using a design I’ve done before I did these with purple heart & maple. I found, like other LJ’s, that the purple heart “greys” after cutting & sanding, so I let them get back to the color before finishing. With the concerns of the purple heart darkening, I contacted Charles Neil for any advice he could provide.

Here’s his input -

“This is a tough question and not sure there is any good answer , Purple heart just naturally likes to go brown, like cherry likes to darken, the key is to get as good of UV absorbers as possible to slow the process, but it can still change. There are 2 products that come to mind, one is General finishes Exterior 450 water base finish , and the second is a new System III , marine spar urethane varnish, both are a bit pricy, but seem to have the best UV protection , I would probably go with the 450, because the varnish could also cause the purple heart to change color, any solvent /oil based product can react with the wood and alter the color . Water based products do not react.”

So as before I owe Charles a big thanks for his time & suggestions.

These boxes are about 7”x 4.5” x 4”. 4 coats of the GF 450 finish.

I’ve basically used walnut, cherry & maple before & in my opinon, the purple heart was harder to work with… Although the wood looks good, I don’t know I will use it again.

As always, thanks for looking.

-- Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a Dad

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#1 posted 08-26-2014 07:40 PM

What a nice looking box. I like the design and the colors of the wood really make it pop. Thanks for sharing

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#2 posted 08-26-2014 08:52 PM

Purple heart is a tough wood to work with. It doesn’t enjoy being cut.

-- Jimmy

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#3 posted 08-27-2014 05:38 AM

Wonderfull wood colours combination.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 08-27-2014 09:12 AM

Great job. I still believe that it’s good to try different woods yourself.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 08-28-2014 01:03 PM

Thanks Guys… Monte, you’re right in that it’s good to try different woods. Even if only to find you won’t use them again. Sometimes you find a true gem.

-- Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a Dad

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#6 posted 08-28-2014 07:48 PM

Nice colors and thanks for the info on keeping them colorful longer

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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