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Purpleheart by the Piece-3/4" Thickness

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Purpleheart by the Piece, 3/4" x 3" x 24" Item #: 35897
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Purpleheart by the Piece, 3/4" x 3" x48" Item #: 38020
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Purpleheart by the Piece, 3/4" x 5" 48" Item #: 35425
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Purpleheart by the Piece, 3/4" x 3" x 24" Item #: 35897
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Purpleheart by the Piece, 3/4" x 3" x48" Item #: 38020
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Overview

True to its name, purpleheart boasts vibrant purple heartwood, and a fine, satiny texture. Initially a dull brown, it takes on its brilliant tone shortly after the wood is cut. The sapwood is creamy, pinkish cinnamon. It has exceptionally high bending and crushing strength, is dimensionally stable, and is extremely resistant to decay. All boards are machined S4S to 1/8", 1/4", 1/2" and 3/4" thicknesses. Thin boards are well-suited for edging, veneering, marquetry, sides for decorative boxes, bending stock and bent laminations, while the thicker boards are ideal for furniture, paneling, cabinet doors, moldings, drawer sides, fine jewelry boxes and whatever else your imagination can dream up!

  • Alternate name: Peltogyne.
  • Tree: Usually tall, with a height of about 100 to 150 feet and a diameter of up to 48 inches, usually between 18 and 36 inches.
  • Heartwood: Initially dull brown, rapidly changing to a bright, vibrant purple. Prolonged exposure darkens wood to a dark-purplish brown or dark brown, but the original color can be preserved with a UV inhibitor. Color variation among boards is reported to be moderate to high. Presence of minerals in some boards may cause uneven coloration and steaming is reported to affect the color.
  • Light & Air-Induced Changes: Treatment against the effects of ultra-violet rays maintainss the original color of the wood. Treatment with Armorall, the car finish product, under lacquer is reported to hold the color well.
  • Grain: Typically straight, occasionally wavy or irregular.
  • Texture: Medium to fine.
  • Luster: Medium to high.
  • Movement: Very dimensionally stable.
  • Natural Durability: Highly resistant to attack by decay fungi, very resistant to dry-wood termites, and somewhat resistant to attack by marine borers. Also reported to be resistant to chemicals such as acids.
  • Cutting Resistance: Purpleheart is moderately difficult to saw. Tools usually require frequent sharpening. A reduced cutting angle of 15 degrees is recommended, especially when planing and moulding material with interlocked or wavy grain.
  • Nailing: The wood requires to be pre-bored, but nail-holding capabilities are reported to be good.
  • Steam Bending: The wood steam bends fairly well.
  • Strength Properties: Bending strength in the air-dry condition is very high, and crushing strength is exceptionally high. It does not mar or dent easily, and is very heavy and dense.

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I purchased 1/8 x 5 x...

Robert J from Lake Geneva, WI Posted December 27, 2012
I purchased 1/8 x 5 x 24 Purple Heart for a table top inlay project. Color is very nice and quality of the wood is excellent.

I use the 3/4 wide for...

Guest from South Hill, VA Posted August 15, 2012
I use the 3/4 wide for projects such as displays, small wall clocks,etc.  Since the wood is very hard, it tends to crack if not predrilled, not a bad thing, just be aware.  I love how it takes poly so well also.

Anyone not familiar with Purpleheart should...

Guest from Woodinville, WA Posted June 30, 2012
Anyone not familiar with Purpleheart should be made aware that when it is cut or sanded the inner wood will be greyish at first or lighter than the oxidized wood. THIS IS NORMAL and the deep purple color will return as the wood oxidizes. I saw a previous review that the customer thought the wood was left in sunlight, my guess is that is was newly cut wood that did not have time to oxidize. This wood is HARD, strong but can be brittle, so when cutting it you need to keep your tools SHARP. If you take your time this is a very rewarding wood to have in your projects, not definitely not an easy wood to use for beginners.

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