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Project by doubleDD posted 08-20-2015 02:21 PM 1491 views 1 time favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Every once in awhile you come across that piece of wood that grabs your attention like no other. Well around the first of July I had to cut down this Box Elder cause it was becoming a hazard to my house and the neighbors. It was so rotted I’m surprised it didn’t fall years ago. At least I was able to salvage some nice chunks. I found some burl on one of the logs and wanted to see what I can make with it. The wood was very wet and extremely soft but with time I was able to get it where I wanted.This is my first Box Elder project. Hope you enjoy. It’s 4’’ tall and 3 1/2’’ in diameter. Finished with Lacquer. Still needs some buffing.

Thanks Dave.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#1 posted 08-20-2015 02:28 PM

Congratulations on a great job of letting the wood speak! Very striking wood grain.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#2 posted 08-20-2015 02:50 PM

That is an amazing piece of wood Dave….turning ain’t bad either…lol thinking that’s a keeper….well done buddy.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#3 posted 08-20-2015 02:50 PM

Absolutely Beautiful.
FBE is my favourite wood, when I can get hold of it.
Thanks for sharing.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#4 posted 08-20-2015 02:51 PM

Very nice Dave
That is rare piece of wood and you will be looking for another like it .
That jar shape turned out nice and figure and colour take it to a higher level .
Do I smell cookies baking in the oven ???


-- Kiefer

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#5 posted 08-20-2015 03:45 PM

That’s looks amazing. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#6 posted 08-20-2015 04:05 PM

John, you are right about that. That wood has great personality.

Thanks Buster. I ‘ll bring one for the pool party.

Thanks Bob. I heard others say it’s their favorite, I can see why.

Klaus, thank you. I’m fortunate to have a good stash of it right now. I even sliced up a couple into boards that are drying out. Maybe a box in the future?

Thanks hoss. It’s amazing wood.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#7 posted 08-20-2015 04:50 PM

One of my favorite kinds of wood!

Glad you could actually rescue some. A gift for your wife?

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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#8 posted 08-20-2015 05:15 PM


Everything came together and it lives again through you. Nice job!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#9 posted 08-20-2015 05:15 PM


That is pretty nice. I have never turned it before and wondering where I can get some?

-- Please help me help other Vets click..> is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#10 posted 08-20-2015 05:21 PM

Very cool, always nice to find good boxelder.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#11 posted 08-20-2015 05:35 PM

Wow Dave, what a great looking piece of wood. You did it proud!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#12 posted 08-20-2015 05:58 PM

Beautiful wood, and beautiful work. Well done!

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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#13 posted 08-20-2015 07:21 PM

Dave, that is a beauty. Really love that color and the piece came out really nice.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#14 posted 08-20-2015 07:22 PM

Awesome piece of wood. Nice cup you made of it.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#15 posted 08-20-2015 08:09 PM

This timber always looks great, nice work Dave

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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