Today I'm going to turn a pen eating purpleheart wood and I'm going to show you a trick to make it real purple!
Have you ever worked with purpleheart just to be disappointed at how pink it looked in the end instead of purple? Well I'm about to change that today. With this hack you can make your purple heart wood as purple as you want it, don't settle for pink when you really want deep rich purple, or just make it darker pink its all up to you depending on what you want!
Step 1: First Obviously Get Some Purpleheart
Step 2: Drill the Center Hole
I have a 3 jaw chuck so it's almost impossible to clamp down a square and have it centered so I always put my blanks in between my centers and round off at least the the ends so that my chuck can hold it and it being round makes it self centering (it almost always matches my center mark which is a plus)
Then just mount my drill chuck on one side and my 3 jaw chick on the other side and drill out the blanks.
Step 3: Now the Tubes
Step 4: Trimming
And mount the blanks on the lathe, put them in the order they will be mounted so that you know how the grain goes.
Step 5: Turn It Down to Size
Step 6: Fill the Gaps
Step 7: Purple Rain
The trick here is to apply heat to the wood be it with a torch or a heat gun or whatever means you have, if you use a heat gun it will turn colors slower so you can choose how purple you want it to be, this doesn't burn the wood it just raises the grain and it turns a really nice purple! After you get it to your favorite shade just use some fine sandpaper on it again to make it extra smooth again!
Step 8: Fishing It
The way I apply it is with the lathe running, first, I clean my pen with denatured alcohol and let it dry, then apply a coat of linseed oil. Now put oil on a paper towel and put a couple of drops of CA over the linseed and rub it in, do this as many times as it takes to get the pen as shinny as you want it to be.
Step 9: Done!
I know this looks black but it's hard to get the color to show up on the picture, it's really purple and it's got a mirror finish!
Thanks for reading and I hope you like it, if you learned something please vote for me and leave a message if you have any questions or comments! Enjoy and have a great day!