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#1 posted 04-10-2019 12:13 PM

Answers are available here:

Color/Appearance: When freshly cut the heartwood of Purpleheart is a dull grayish/purplish brown. Upon exposure the wood becomes a deeper eggplant purple. With further age and exposure to UV light, the wood becomes a dark brown with a hint of purple. This color-shift can be slowed and minimized by using a UV inhibiting finish on the wood.

Sunshine has high levels of UV light. Can also get UV from black light, but much lower levels. Only way to stop purple to black fade is keep wood in dark room. :-)

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-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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