Silver Maple Trio

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Project by Durnik150 posted 05-01-2009 12:18 AM 1557 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

About 2 years ago I got a call to come retrieve some trees that had to be cut down because of storm damage. I didn’t even realize at the time that one of them was a silver maple. The main purpose for retrieving the wood was for the fireplace.

While testing out a buddy’s new bandsaw I grabbed a hunk of the trunk and started cutting it up. It didn’t take long for me to see the maple waves in the wood. I was really careful after that and kept a big chunk of it whole.

One of the pieces I had was where I had cut the bark off the maple revealing a beautiful stretch of wavy, figured wood. I wanted to keep as much of the wood as I could so the first box (the biggest, about 6” wide, 5” tall and 5” deep) kept the rounded arc on the top and front. It’s a really simple band saw design where you end up cutting the center core out and reassembling the box.

Once I had done the first one, I still had a pretty good sized hunk left and it was just as pretty as the first. I went ahead and made a similar design box, just a little smaller (the middle sized box, about 4” wide, 2 1/2” tall and 4” deep).

I decided to make a third box out of the core left over from the second (the smallest, about 2” wide, 1 1/2” tall and 3” deep). I used a more traditional band saw drawer box from that. And again, I was rewarded with pretty figures.

I used a natural stain to emphasize some of the figuring and then three thinned coats of polyurethane, evening it out with 0000 steel wool in-between coats. I then did a very light waxing to give depth and glow.

I’m very glad this piece didn’t end up in the firebox! For some reason the pictures came out a little fuzzy and even though you can see it, the figuring in the wood is about 5x more prominent in real life.

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#1 posted 05-01-2009 12:41 AM

Looks like you best be sorting the firewood pile ;-)) Nice boxes.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 05-01-2009 01:02 AM

I understand the raiding of the firewood pile. A huge Tulip Popular that I got from my brother-in-law a little over two years ago is what got me into bandsaw boxes. Some of the stuff was just too pretty to burn. It would take a LJ to carefully examine every piece of wood that goes into the stove to see if it’s burned or turned into sawdust. I have used several drawers to make smaller boxes also. Sometimes if the grain’s just right, they make an awesome matched pair. In this case they make a nice trio. You are making me want to get my long neglected yard work finished and crank up the bandsaw again. Great job here. Keep up the good work.

-- Gary, Huntsville. Two wrongs don't make a right, but three lefts do.

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#3 posted 05-01-2009 05:37 AM

Nice work. As I’ve said many times before, there is no such thing as scrap wood, particularly when making bandsawn boxes. Well done.

Tony Ward

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#4 posted 05-01-2009 07:59 AM

nice work and good save

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#5 posted 05-05-2009 04:12 AM

these are really nice. so are all of your other projects. Welcome to lumberjocks.

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#6 posted 05-05-2009 04:20 AM

very nice…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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