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post #1 of 3 Old 12-02-2009, 04:39 PM Thread Starter
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Purpleheart Silver Chest

I am working on a silverware chest for my new Bride's future silverware. I am using Purpleheart and was wondering what types of finishes you all recommend for this wood. On an interesting side note, I started cutting the lumber today and was pleasantly surprised to notice that it smelled just like incense when I cut it! Has anybody else noticed this? Thanks!
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I only use lacquer on Purple Heart. I was told by my uncle, who has been woodworking for years, that lacquer is the best finish for Purple Heart. I have had great results with it myself.

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I've used epoxy, KTM-9, shellac, polyurethane, boiled linseed oil, and wax on purpleheart. All seemed to work just fine for me. I will say I like to seal the color so I prefer finishes that will do that to those that don't.

As for smell, someone else mentioned it smelling like vomit, but I've never had that issue with purpleheart. I like the smell but I wouldn't say it's an "incense" smell either. I guess it all depends on the source for the wood...
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