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Purpleheart Wood Veneer

Purpleheart Wood VeneerPurpleheart is the king of color in the land of veneer. This species will turn to a rich brown color with exposure to UV sources such as sunlight, but here is a little trick I learned many years ago... A quick wash coat of bleach will typically brighten unfinished purpleheart veneer to a unique purple/pink color. After the veneer is applied to the panel (using a PPR glue), sand it smooth and apply a light coat of bleach. Once it has dried, neutralize the bleached surface with a mixture of 50/50 white vinegar and water. After the surface has completed dried,  apply my finish coat.

This process brightens the wood quite a bit and as daylight does its job of darkening the veneer again, I've found that it often stays purple-ish for many, many years.

Common Names:
  Peltogyne, Nazareno, Amaranth
Scientific Name:
  Peltogyne purpurea
Family:
  Fabaceae
Color:
  Purple to brown with lighter sapwood
Origin:
  Central and South America (specifically Costa Rica, Colombia, and Panama)
Hardness:
  Very hard
Texture:
  Medium texture with strong interlocked grain
Finishing:
  Readily accepts stains and finishes
Did You Know:
  According to Wikipedia: Purpleheart lumber is commonly used for general carpentry, interior and exterior decoration, furniture, cabinet work, flooring, marquetry, stairways, wooden boat building & restoration, and luxury coffins.
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