Purpleheart, also called Amaranth (scientific name: Peltogynespp.), has a heartwood of gray-purple brown color. Its texture is even, luster is moderate and grain is straight, sometimes wavy or irregular.
Purpleheart is commonly found in Central and South America. It is rated as being very durable and is resistant to decay to insect attack (except marine borers).
Janka Hardness :
11,190 N(2,520 lbf)
Average Dried Weight :
905 kg/m3(56 lbs/ft3)
Dull cutting tools can heat wood and make it exude a gummy resin. This can clog tools and make machining difficult. Avoid using sharp cutting tools. Grain orientation also makes it prone to tear-out during planning. It has a moderate dulling effect on cutting tools.