Seems like I'm the only one here that mentions precautions on Purple Heart(?)
It's used because of it's beautiful distinct coloring and it is very hard. Maple will seem soft after working with that.
If you are working with Purple heart, please wear a carbon filtered respirator and wear gloves. I can't stress that enough.
Let me tell a little background. This is a South American hardwood that the Indians there take cuttings from, boil it down until they get a residue, dip arrow tips in to use to kill monkeys. Albiet, it's probably less toxic when dry and seasoned, but... I doubt that I would trust any number of coats of mineral oil over that wood (or any other finish for that matter) and think of purple heart as being food safe. I don't see a lot of that info out on the web or in charts, but that is how I was taught many years ago when I had to work handling that as an apprentice.
To put that in perspective and set a scale to reference that by-- we didn't bother much about MDF dust or other woods... Maybe about wearing gloves when handling arsenic coated pressure-treated woods... But my mentors were fanatical on being careful when handling Purple Heart.
On cutting boards, some people like the look of walnut cutting boards, but some customers complain that foods cut on it pick up a sort of acrid taste from that wood. I've made a few out of walnut, but I never actually cut food on them before they went out... So I don't know for sure personally.
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Last edited by MAFoElffen; 04-01-2014 at 05:26 AM.