Purpleheart

Amaranth, Peltogyne spp.

Appearance

Purlpleheart

Shown with water-based finish (top), and oil-based finish (bottom)

Color: Heartwood is brown when freshly cut, turning deep purple to purplish brown over time. Sapwood is a lighter cream color.

Grain: Usually straight; medium to fine texture.

Species & Grade Variations: Moderate to high color variation.

Properties

Hardness (Janka): 1860; 44% harder than Northern Red Oak.

Dimensional Stability: Excellent (change coefficient .00212; 43% more stable than Red Oak).

Durability: Very strong and dense.

Workability

Sawing/Machining: Moderately difficult due to hardness; frequent sharpening of tools required; slow feed rate and carbide tooling recommended.

Sanding: Good holding ability.

Nailing: Sands satisfactorily.

Finishing: Takes finishes well; some have found that water-based finishes hold color better. Tendency to bleed with some finishes.

Comments: Heartwood is very resistant to dry-wood termites. Presence of minerals in some boards may cause uneven coloration.

Cost

(Relative to plain sawn select Red Oak)
Multiplier: 2.30

Availability

Limited.