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Common color changers
Mahogany samples
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Many people recognize mahogany for
its rich, old-world brown. So they are
often surprised by a fresh-cut light
tan coloring.
Popular samples
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Often dismissed as a secondary
wood due to its green streaks,
Poplar oxidizes quickly to a
subtle brown.
Purpleheart samples
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Tan-purple when machined,
purpleheart soon blossoms to
vibrant violet before slowly
darkening to a red-tinged brown.

Common color changers

To test their color-changing characteristics, we subjected 13 woods to nine months of sunlight and air -- a "living room" test. Along with padauk and cherry, above, these three woods -- mahogany, poplar, and purpleheart -- showed the greatest amount of change. Many of the lighter-colored woods, such as oak, maple, and pine, proved more color-fast.


 

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