Purple Heart Hardwood Sample (1/2"x3"x6")

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Purple Heart Hardwood Sample (1/2"x3"x6")

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Purple Heart Hardwood Sample (1/2"x3"x6")

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.

Why Choose Purple Heart?
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.

What Size Is This?
Thickness 1/2" (≈ 1/2" approx)
Width 3"
Length 6"
Grade 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.
Approximated, actual size may vary +/- 1/8"

About Purple Heart (Peltogyne spp)

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


Janka Rating
85.27% harder than red oak (1290 psi)


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

General Workability
Average 6/10
Red Oak

Wood Texture
Fine 3/10
Red Oak

Ease of Finishing
Good 4/10
Red Oak

map of where Purple Heart tree grows
Purple Heart is an exotic wood from Latin America

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.
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.
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
13 Reviews
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September 8th, 2020
Verified Buyer
Enthusiast Woodworker
Great wood, great service
Wood arrived in perfect condition, no dings or damage. Beautiful grain and loving it
Familiarity: I've used it in several projects
February 6th, 2018
Verified Buyer
Liberty SC
Perfect for my little project
I needed a tiny piece of very hard wood to complete a project. This sample piece of Purple Heart hardwood was perfect. I used a small hack saw to make 3 cuts. Sanding was easier than I thought it would be and satin wipe-on poly gave me just the finish I was looking for. Super satisfied!
January 27th, 2018
Verified Buyer
New Woodworker
Not sastified
I ordered 3x9 and got something way smaller
Familiarity: I haven't used it yet
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November 7th, 2017
Verified Buyer
Purple Heart Sample
Packaged well, fast shipping. Overall good experience.
October 30th, 2017
Verified Buyer
Mr. Fox
Purpleheart is beautiful
I order a sample piece for a knife I'm putting scales on. As the website states not all planks of purple-heart are the same. The 1st plank I received was blah even after setting in the sun for half the day. I went ahead and ordered another piece and boy am I happy I did! The 2nd plank has such a beautiful purple color. Happy customer here.
April 24th, 2015
EP Savoie
baton rouge la usa
Amazing if handled properly
Purpleheart is a rarity, absolutely beautiful wood which no other species can come close to. Ive seen many folk complain that purpleheart looks brown, but if done right it will display an almost alien looking purple. In my usage I've found that applying heat to the wood draws out the best coloration. I use a propane torch, because I work with small pieces but an oven would probably work better. I use the torch to just feather the surface a little bit at a time, as too much heat in one spot will darken/burn the wood. But if you do it slowly you'll see the color develop rather easily. I've heard many theories ask to what heating causes in the wood but I don't know, just know that it works. I prefer using cyanoacrylate as the finish on mine.
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