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03-09-2013 04:48 PM

Was at my hardwood supplier yesterday. Saw a piece of purpleheart 14” wide and 10 feet long. Good price so I couldn’t resist. Now I have to figure out what to do with it. Any suggestions?

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#1 posted 03-09-2013 05:08 PM

Some kind of bench or table would be cool. Could do a console or sofa table with it.

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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#2 posted 03-09-2013 05:09 PM

Send it to me ;-)
(you will get this answer a dozen times!)

Seriously, straight grain bright colored purpleheart is to die for and you have plenty now!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#3 posted 03-09-2013 05:14 PM

oh my… lucky you! Anything you want, but be careful of splinters, and the dust. Splinters can be especially nasty, the skin reacting quickly. I know this!


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#4 posted 03-09-2013 05:48 PM

Yes, I say send it to ellen35. Now we only need eleven more. :-)

I like purple heart cutting boards, and boxes where I use it to contrast with the other woods. A stick of it that big though, seems a shame to make something small out of it.

-- Mel,

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#5 posted 03-09-2013 06:24 PM

A contractor friend used it to make a deck for his backhoe trailer, said it lasted way better than any other wood
that he had ever used, then his wife saw how good it looked, and he had to make a deck with it. This was
a few days back before everyone discovered it and the price went sky high.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#6 posted 03-09-2013 06:37 PM

Bruce how thick is it?

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#7 posted 03-09-2013 07:01 PM

Congratulations, I am sure you will get some great ideas here!

I know a lot of people don’t like using it, but I have used a lot of it and like it for outdoor furniture, also trim and I have used it for drawer fronts as well.

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#8 posted 03-09-2013 07:27 PM

It’s almost a full inch thick.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#9 posted 03-09-2013 07:32 PM

My daughter saw it. I have an old cast iron sewing machine base that she wants a top for so there goes a couple of feet. I think I’ll inlay a band of contrasting wood like cherry or maple. I’ll post pictures.

Ellen: If there’s any left when the family gets done, you’ve got first dibs ;)

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#10 posted 03-09-2013 07:35 PM

Bread and cheese board.. nice and simple but a great way to show off the wood..
Or a chest/box/locker for keeep sakes.
great find

-- Englishman in Finland I am guessing that i am Finglish.

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#11 posted 03-09-2013 07:41 PM

Great find, keep us posted on the end result

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#12 posted 03-09-2013 07:59 PM

I know how it makes you feel to score a great piece of wood. I never did like purple heart though, just can’t wrap my head around purple wood. Don’t know what I’d make that would fit someone’s decor out of the stuff.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#13 posted 03-09-2013 10:41 PM

That’s a great find but I’m surprised that a 14” wide board of purpleheart exists! That must have been some big tree! I’ll be interested to see what you make from it.

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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