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    yellow/purple heart wood

    I picked up some yellow and purple heart wood for my chess board project. Is there a way to assist in naturally making the wood darken or decrease the brightness?

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    RE: yellow/purple heart wood

    Purple heart wood will lighten a lot when cut or sanded. The oxygen in the air turns it purple again over time. I Suppose one could put a finish on it when it reaches the hue you want.

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    RE: yellow/purple heart wood

    Does anyone have any pics of projects they've completed with either yellow heart or purple heart wood?

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    RE: yellow/purple heart wood

    I seem to recall, from the days I worked in Woodcraft, that purple was supposed to "brown" over time. That being said I have two unfinished pieces in my house that have not changed color one bit in the last year.

    Did that help?

    Play much chess on line?

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    RE: yellow/purple heart wood

    I was also told that it will "brown" over time. I do play some chess online, mostly through yahoo.

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    RE: yellow/purple heart wood

    Thanks for the pic I really like the look of the purple from the wood.

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    RE: yellow/purple heart wood

    Ultra Violet light causes Purpleheart to get brown.
    I have also had it turn brown when exposed to heat when turning it on the lathe.
    Nothing more dismaying than to turn a nice Purpleheart pen and have it turn brown when applying the carnuba wax. (Last step)
    It's enough to piss off the Pope! :'(

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    RE: yellow/purple heart wood

    Here's a workbench with purple heart that I drool over


    http://www.swigerwoodworks.com/my_workbench.htm

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    RE: yellow/purple heart wood

    drmatt,

    nice bench, hopefully i'll be able to get the time/money in the next month or so to finish the chess board.

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    RE: yellow/purple heart wood

    I spent some time looking for a pic of something I've made with Purple Heart, but they all seem to not show the purple color well. I think it may be something that just does not show up well in pictures.

    I did some research on Purple Heart when I got some almost 2 years ago. If I am remembering correctly, it is oxygen that causes the wood to turn purple after cutting or sanding it, and sunlight that will make it turn brown over time. I also remember that I found a couple of sources that recommended using Lacquer as a finish to help keep the purple color, so that is what I used. The shelf in the pic was made a couple of years ago, and still looks pretty purple in person, though that pic doesn't show it too well. Wish I had a better pic for you.

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