Has anyone ever glued up purpleheart? Are there any characteristics (oily wood, etc.) that I should be aware of before I start? I ask because it's such a dense wood, and dense woods seem to be oily and don't take well to gluing, so I thought I'd ask before I did anything.
From contributor G:
My work and side benches as well as the counters in my shop are one and two inch purpleheart - no special prep. I jointed the edges. Just smear on plenty of yellow PVA, and I think I used Titebond II. I clamped it up and let it dry and did use biscuits. I planed and sanded, used danish oil finish and no joint failures in five years. The splinters are rather painful (something in the wood) and the sharp edges splinter easily. The two inch stock arrived as 12 inch wide and 10 to 12 foot long pieces.