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Someone gave this to me and I was told it was purpleheart. I know it is very hard. Any help would be appreciated.
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Yup, that's purple heart. If you like the color try not to put it in an area that gets direct sunlight, it will turn a brown color.
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It is very hard you will notice where the saw blad kind of burns through the wood instead of cutting.

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Someone gave this to me and I was told it was purpleheart. I know it is very hard. Any help would be appreciated.
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Yap, that's purpleheart. I have a piece of it, just waiting on a special project for it. It is definitely HARD. I'll have to get a new saw blades and sharpen my thickness plane blades before I start, LOL,
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Fluorescent lighting will also cause the color to fade to a milk chocolate color. Keep it covered to help protect the color.

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I got a couple of boards 2 inches thick X 8 inches wide X 2 ft long plus some shorter pieces. It is weathered grey from being outside, plus the boards have some cracks running through it. It was the flooring in a military trailer.
Well it fade with a poly finish on it?
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It's my understanding that it will fade no matter what.

However,

I've been told (never tried it) that the UV resistant marine, or spar, varnishes used for ship decks or masts will slow down fading process.
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I learned I could heat it and it would bring out the purple and stay. I made some duck calls a year ago and they are still a deep purple.
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Now that the threads been revived here's a link of interest, guy claims 20 years and color still good since using a nasty solvent based conversion varnish - Purple heart finishing
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