Purple Heart » Peltogyne spp

Why Purple Heart?
Here's what to know about woodworking with this wood
woodworking characteristics

Character

Grain usually straight often with a fine curly figure. Fine texture. Moderately hard to work but takes a glossy, lustrous finish. Lacquer finish will best preserve the color. Also called Amaranth or purpleheart.
color of Purple Heart

Color Range

Dull gray brown when freshly cut but soon oxidizing to a violet purple.
other names for Purple Heart

Other Names

Purpleheart, Amarante, Amaranth, Guarab, Koroboreli, Morado, Nazareno, Palo morado, Pau roxo, Pelo morado, Purperhard, Saka, Sakavalli, Tananeo, Violetwood
uses for Purple Heart

Some Typical Uses

Industrial construction, flooring, tool handles, accessories, furniture, cutting boards, musical instruments, picture frames, jewelry, jewelry boxes
the Purple Heart tree

What's the Tree Like?

A tall tree 120 feet or more, producing a long, straight trunk about 36 inches in diameter. The Purple Heart tree grows in Latin America
map of where this wood grows
Weight

5.02

lbs /Bd. Ft.
40.22% heavier than red oak (3.58 /bd. ft.)
Hardness

2390

Janka Rating (?)
85.27% harder than red oak (1290 lbf)
Density

0.79

Specific Gravity (?)
23.44% more dense than red oak (.64)

Woodworking with Purple Heart:

General Workability
Average 6/10
Red Oak

Wood Texture
Fine 3/10
Red Oak

Ease of Finishing
Good 4/10
Red Oak

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Purple Heart Hardwood Sample
Purple Heart Hardwood Sample
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Purple Heart 4/4 Lumber
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Purple Heart Veneer 2 x 8 Sheet: Paper back veneer
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Purple Heart Pen Blanks
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Purple Heart Turning Squares: 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" x 18"
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Purple Heart Furniture Squares: 1-3/4" x 1-3/4" x 30", Large
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