I was running the boards over my jointer to clean and straighten one face. As the rough-sawn material was removed, it uncovered this in one of the boards.
The photos don’t quite do it justice. The purple is very bright. It doesn’t run throughout the whole length of the board and is only present at one end.
The color is strongest nearest to the sap wood. While is shows on the right edge of the board as seen below, it can’t be seen on the left edge. The left edge will be on the top when I do the glue up, so it wont be visible in the bench (unless you crawl under it).
I’ve used a lot of Doug Fir previously, but I have never encountered this color before. Granted this is my first experience with custom milled lumber that I have dried myself. All the other Doug Fir that I have used has been kiln dried 2 X lumber. I did a little searching online but couldn’t find any other similar images.
I think the purple is kind of cool looking. It might be quite striking in the right project if the color distribution was a little more consistent. However, this board is destined for my workbench top.
Have any of you ever seen this before?