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04-15-2011 06:04 AM

Topic tags/keywords: wood exotic padauk purpleheart id movingui help question

So, I recently purchased one of the 10 lbs. Exotic Cutoff Boxes from Rockler and was wondering if some of you more familiar with exotics could help me identify some of them. I think I know a few of them. The top left looks to be Wenge with maybe some Zebrawood below that. Then the red one I believe is Padauk with Purpleheart below it. And then some type of Ebony in the bottom right probably. The rest I have no clue.

The two with the natural edge next to the Padauk have a bit of curl to them, so I was thinking maybe Curly Movingui but not sure. Any help would be appreciated. Here are two more closer pics of each half of the lot. Thanks for the help.

-- Matt -

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#1 posted 04-15-2011 05:48 PM

And anyone have any tips for working with Purpleheart and Padauk? Maybe on how to keep their colors bright.

-- Matt -

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#2 posted 04-15-2011 05:53 PM

Purpleheart can be a jerk sometimes. When you plane it, it turns light. When you sand it, it turns brown. If you start to burn it while cutting/routing it, the resins burn and get very dark and are hard to get rid of. Its prone to tear out, is very brittle.. If you want to brighten it up, throw it in some direct sunlight. Even an hour or two brightens it up significantly. A UV inhibitive finish seals in that color as best it can. I read an article a while back about putting PH in the oven for a while with a catch pan under it (the resin leaks out). It smells awful, but really brings out the color and perhaps makes it a little more colorfast. I’ve never tried it and can’t find the link. Good luck!

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#3 posted 04-15-2011 05:57 PM

Dan, thanks for the info. I’ll do a search and see if I can find the article you mentioned.

-- Matt -

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#4 posted 04-15-2011 09:48 PM

Both purpleheart and padauk will fade to a dull brown over time. You can slow it down, but you cannot stop it.

If you want an interesting color and you want the color to last, IMO, the best option is bloodwood.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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