|DESCRIPTION||Purpleheart heartwood is a deep purple-violet when freshly cut, maturing to a dark brown. The original color is restored when re-cut. Grain is straight, but often irregular, wavy and sometimes interlocked. Texture is moderate to fine.
Weight varies from about 50lbs to 63lbs per cu. ft.
|BOTANICAL NAME||Peltogyn Pubescens|
|OTHER NAMES||Amaranth, Violetwood, Koroboreli, Saka, Pau Roxo, Morado, Tananeo|
|MECHANICAL PROPERTIES||High strength in bending, stiffness and crushing. Medium resistance to shock loads. Moderate steam bending characteristics.|
|WORKING PROPERTIES||Difficult to work. Moderate to severe blunting effect on cutters. Exudes gummy resin when heated by dull cutters. Recommend running material slowly through machines equipped with HSS knives. Pre-drilling needed for nailing. Takes glue well. Stains and wax polishes easily.|
|DURABILITY||Very durable. Sapwood susceptible to attack by powder post beetle. Heartwood is extremely resistant to preservative treatment. Sapwood is permeable.|
|SEASONING||Dries rapidly with little degradation. Air drying is slow with some end and surface checking or case hardening. Small movement.|
|USES||Heavy outdoor constructional work, bridge building, fresh water piling, dock work, cladding, vats, flooring, tool handles, turning, furniture, decorative veneers, inlay and marquetry.|
|COMMENTS||Spirit based finishes remove the purple color. Lacquer based finishes preserve the color.|