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I'm getting some 17mm purpleheart to make some scales with and a cougar this Saturday and i was wondering what you guys thoughts were on this, also if neccesary I might add a light coloured afromosia palmswell?
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it would be unique, but purple heart on a cougar? hmmmmm 17mm i would just make a whole sling shot, purple heart is a beautiful wood. it would lake the cougar look better, but on the other hand the cougar might make the purple heart look worse? interesting idea. .................................... good luck

i was just looking at it on the dankung site, dunno?
 

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Of course I will file the purpleheart down to my hand size, i will see anyway. Although I am getting some 11mm African padauk to take into consideration

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go for some step by step pics that would be cool


both are nice looking woods, very prominent colouring. the purple heart smells bad I think though haha
 

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go for some step by step pics that would be cool


both are nice looking woods, very prominent colouring. the purple heart smells bad I think though haha
hows the dust on purple heart? i have been wanting to make an ss out of purple and yellow heart, but after the lignum i am kinda gun shy!
 

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Go for it. I'm sure it will look great when done. There are a number of wood cougars for sale online and they
look quite nice but I'm sure yours will look better!
I've got a 2x4 of purple heart I need someone to resaw for me locally then I will be doing the same thing with
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hows the dust on purple heart? i have been wanting to make an ss out of purple and yellow heart, but after the lignum i am kinda gun shy!
its not too bad, the wood is quite hard (be easy after the lignum
)but nice to shape, I just find the smell really sickly
 

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Thanks allot Sean!
, but yeah ill go up to 1200. Grit sandpaper with it and coat it with a clear varnish to keep the original colour

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I love how different exotic woods smell so unique, Personal favourite cocobolo even though the dust is an irritant.
 

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If you want a good smelling wood, padauk all the way! It smells like warm popcorn when cut, especially if it burns. I personally think the padauk would look better on the cougar, but it's your choice. Be warned: purpleheart burns VERY easily and will darken to a musky brown with age. Padauk turns a rich red. I have a slingshot made out of 8-year old padauk and it looks great, while old purpleheart isn't exactly the nicest looking. You would want to use a UV-protectant finish on the purpleheart to maintain the color longer.
 

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You can do 5 coats of tung oil and then 3-4 coats of spar varnish or outdoor-grade poly, just make sure it's oil based. Minwax is a good choice.
 

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Yes, very well. Oil sticks to oil. I do tung oil then poly on all my frames now. Just don't do oil based then water based, or vice versa. Just teak oil works too if you want a satin finish rather than gloss.
 

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purpleheart is pretty nice
 
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