Purple Heart Hardwood Sample
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In an effort to make buying lumber easy and convenient, we offer these packs with a fixed quanity of lumber. It's your choice of 10, 20 or 100 board feet, and each pack has a flat rate shipping charge if shipped to any location east of the Mississippi River. The charges only apply to the products called Craft Packs, Project Packs and PRO Packs.
Shipping West of Mississippi River: $0.00
- $0.00 for all Craft, Project and PRO packs
- HI and AK excluded.
Shipping East of Mississippi River:
- $10 per 10 BF Craft Pack
- $20 per 20 BF Project Pack
- $50 per 100 BF PRO Pack
Get your hands on a wood you've never tried before! It's simple. Samples are milled on all sides to the standard size of 1/2'' X 3'' X 6'', as determined by The International Wood Collectors Society, and include the shipping cost within the 48 U.S. Each one is labeled with the botanical and common names. Use these to test finishes and stains, to compare color and grain characteristics, etc.
Thickness:1/2'' actual thickness, planed and sanded smooth
Width:Ripped to 3''
Length:6'' and cut square
- Is an exotic wood from Parts of Central and South America
- Industrial construction, flooring, tool handles, accessories, furniture.
- Samples are milled on all sides, cut square and sanded; wood is a product of nature with inconsistencies from piece to piece. Use species samples as a guide, not a perfect representation.
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Purple Heart Species Info (Peltogyne spp)
Purple Heart Wood CharacteristicsGrain 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 RangeDull gray brown when freshly cut but soon oxidizing to a violet purple.
Other NamesPurpleheart, Amarante, Amaranth, Guarab, Koroboreli, Morado, Nazareno, Palo morado, Pau roxo, Pelo morado, Purperhard, Saka, Sakavalli, Tananeo, Violetwood
Some Typical UsesIndustrial construction, flooring, tool handles, accessories, furniture.
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 Mexico to Tropical South America
5.02lbs /Bd. Ft.
40.22% heavier than red oak (3.58 /bd. ft.)
2390Janka Rating (?)
85.27% harder than red oak (1290 lbf)
0.79Specific Gravity (?)
23.44% more dense than red oak (.64)
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Customer Ratings & Reviews
Woodworkers Source Responds:
Ah! Sorry about that, Michael. Here's the scoop. The purple color in purple heart comes from oxidization. Fresh cut and worked purple heart will be brown, not purple. It needs a little time and exposure to light to start turning purple. The piece you received was a recently milled sample. Give it some sunshine, in a day you'll notice a difference as the purple color comes back. Tung oil, though, darkens the wood quite a lot and even protects the color to some degree. So the tung oil finish will probably affect how soon the color will come back to purple.
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Why Your Lumber Quantity May Need To Change
In short, you may receive slightly more wood than you order and be charged for it. But don't worry, this is usually no more than a fraction of a board foot, but we do need to charge you for exactly what you receive. Why? Because the amount of wood you buy is largely dependent on the sizes available in the lumber pile. We will always do our best to ship you what you order, though.
Here's an Example
If you order 2 board feet of a wood, the board we may need to ship you could be something like 4/4x6-1/2"x49". That's actually 2.21 board feet, and that's what you will be charged for.
Here's What to Know
- We will aim to come as close as possible to the board footage you order
- We will ask for your permission if the overage is 10% more than the amount you originally ordered
- If you order, as an example, 10 board feet of a wood, you won't get 12 or 15 board feet. It may be more like 10.2 or 10.8
- Due the nature of hardwood lumber, each board in a stack is a different size, with different grain characteristics
- Our primary concern is providing you with quality material that you like
- We want to make sure you get what you need so your project can be a successful one
Shipping Costs also will be adjusted to reflect the actual quantity we're shipping you as well.
We we want you to be happy with your order and our service! So if you still have concerns about what you need and what we can do for you, please call to discuss. Due to the limitations of website software, it's best to handle this type of order person-to-person.
Lumber comes in various widths (usually 4" to 12") and lengths (4' to 8')
Lumber comes in various widths and lengths, which is why sizes and final board footage must fluctuate, and this is why you may need to buy more footage than you realize. The stack of mahogany above shows how lumber comes in many widths, rarely uniform.
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What Is a Straight Line Rip?
Make It Easier to Cut to Size on Your Table Saw
All of our lumber is stocked surfaced on two sides - which means the face and back of the boards are good and smooth and the edges are rough sawn. A rough edge is rarely suitable to be guided against a table saw fence. A straight line rip puts a true edge on the board so you can run it against a table saw fence and cut the width you need. A straight line rip is also performed after measuring the board. The rip will remove 1/16" to 1/8" from the width of the board.
So you might be wondering why
Hardwood lumber is primarily a raw product. It's been sawn from a log with big machinery that leaves rough surfaces. We then have the material surfaced (planed) on the two faces (after it's been kiln dried) and we stock it this way - smooth faces, rough edges. There are many benefits to stocking lumber like this, the biggest reason is because we find it to be a decent balance between cost and usefulness to the woodworker. Every aspect of machining adds cost to the wood, so we minimize that as much as possible by only having the lumber planed. It allows you to have a workable and smooth surface and also see the grain and color of the boards. Though every board will have to be jointed or straight-line-ripped eventurally, there's no distinctive advantage to stocking it with the edges already straightened. Plus it would add cost. Where many experienced woodworkers might prefer fully rough lumber, we find that many new and intermediate woodworkers do not have a planer, the critical tool for surfacing lumber. And we're here to serve woodworkers of all skill and experience levels as best we can.
Lumber Selection Requests Are $1.00 per BF
Use this selection service to tell what you need to yield. We will check our stock to see if we can satisfy the requirement to get you material that will allow you to cut your parts to your sizes. If we can meet your requirement, we will do so. If not, we will contact you to discuss alternatives.
NOTE: The $1.00 is a selection fee for the labor of hand-sorting boards to meet your minimum requirements; it is not a fee that covers cutting boards or providing boards of an exact size. We'll provide material that will yield what you need, you'll do your own final cutting to size. If you have questions, please call 800-423-2450.
4 Things To Know About Size Requests
- You may be charged for more wood than you order: We will select material that can yield your specified dimension(s). That means we may have to ship you board(s) that are wider or longer than you request, and therefore they may compute to more footage than you calculated. You will be billed for the actual footage that we ship (More At Bottom). Yes, we always contact you first to discuss and make sure you get what you need and are not surprised by additional charges. It might take longer to get your wood.
- Selecting lumber to your specifications may take longer than our standard 3 day turn around: Yes, we always contact you to let you know.
- Your wood will need to be cut to final size by you: Please be aware that your specifications ought to reflect what you need to yield out of a board, or what your minimum size is. We will not cut anything to exact dimensions based on sizes you type into the selection box. If you need wood cut to an exact size, please call for a quote 800-423-2450
- We we want you to be happy with your order and our service: So if you still have concerns about what you need and what we can do for you, please call to discuss. If you do need pieces cut to specific sizes, please call or email for a quote to do so. We'll be happy to help. Due to the limitations of website software, it's best to handle this type of order person-to-person.