Gluing Purpleheart Wood
Purpleheart is not particularly oily, so yellow glue works well. March 25, 2010
Has anyone ever glued up purpleheart? Are there any characteristics (oily wood, etc.) that I should be aware of before I start? I ask because it's such a dense wood, and dense woods seem to be oily and don't take well to gluing, so I thought I'd ask before I did anything.
From contributor G:
My work and side benches as well as the counters in my shop are one and two inch purpleheart - no special prep. I jointed the edges. Just smear on plenty of yellow PVA, and I think I used Titebond II. I clamped it up and let it dry and did use biscuits. I planed and sanded, used danish oil finish and no joint failures in five years. The splinters are rather painful (something in the wood) and the sharp edges splinter easily. The two inch stock arrived as 12 inch wide and 10 to 12 foot long pieces.
From contributor A:
Purpleheart is not particularly oily and glues well, as mentioned above. The splinters fester very rapidly. One thing to watch with purpleheart is its tendency to check. The wood doesn't dry well and will develop hairline cracks to beat the band.
From contributor S:
Have you used purpleheart before? Some of it can turn brown once it is exposed to air , so if you are wanting to keep the purple color you may have to do more than just oil it. I have a carving bench I made with a purpleheart top, but I used the stuff that comes from southern USA . It is as purple as the day I got it . I have some small tables I made with purpleheart legs which have now turned brown , its a nice brown though,lol
Would you like to add information to this article?
Interested in writing or submitting an article?
Have a question about this article?
Have you reviewed the related Knowledge Base areas below?
KnowledgeBase: Knowledge Base
KnowledgeBase: Adhesives, Gluing and Laminating
KnowledgeBase: Adhesives, Gluing and Laminating: Glues and Bonding Agents
All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced in
any manner without permission of the Editor.
Review WOODWEB's Copyright Policy.
The editors, writers, and staff at WOODWEB try to promote safe practices.
What is safe for one woodworker under certain conditions may not be safe
for others in different circumstances. Readers should undertake the use
of materials and methods discussed at WOODWEB after considerate evaluation,
and at their own risk.
335 Bedell Road
Montrose, PA 18801
Copyright © 1996-2017 - WOODWEB ® Inc.