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Project by jeffreythree posted 1810 days ago 1770 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, while I was working on boxes out of scrap, I figured i would continue on that theme and try out some cedar elm I had milled. There is very little info on this wood out there; so I figured i would just need to try it out. The boards did not dry very straight, and were from small, twisted trees. Rustic lumber to say the least. After some time on the jointer, resawing it, and planing it I had some wood for these boxes. Worked wonderfully, but a little prone to tear out and sanding swirls. It is a very hard and heavy wood. I love its coloring though! After many miters and rabbetted tops later, I ended up with this fleet of boxes. I finished them in different finishes for tests: wipe on poly, shellac, danish oil, and tung oil. The tung oil appears to be the winner so far. I personally like the 3rd one with the included bark, and I left the finish off the outer part of the bark to keep the lichen and moss alive.

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Recut

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#1 posted 1810 days ago

Boxes are just fun to make and it looks like you had your share here.
Nice job!

-- Jim, Richmond Virginia - Plan your work - Work your plan.

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littlecope

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#2 posted 1809 days ago

Great job, Jeffrey! Lots of character in these…I love ‘em!! Isn’t it a great way to use up all those pieces too good to throw away?!
Any pix of the insides?

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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Kindlingmaker

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#3 posted 1809 days ago

Nice looking boxes and you did well with the grain and color use.

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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jockmike2

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#4 posted 1809 days ago

Great looking boxes. Nice finish on them too.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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a1Jim

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#5 posted 1809 days ago

More great boxes neat woods

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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mtnwild

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#6 posted 1809 days ago

Very nice! I like the look of these. Great wood, simple design….........

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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woodworm

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#7 posted 1809 days ago

Beautiful wood and very nice boxes.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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cwdance1

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#8 posted 1809 days ago

If that is your scrap wood I can’t wait to see the good stuff.
Beautiful wood, Great job

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kcrandy

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#9 posted 1809 days ago

I like these, a lot! Can you give us more detail about construction.

-- Caulk and paint are a poor carpenter's best friends

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huff

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#10 posted 1809 days ago

Some pretty awesome wood. Beautiful box.

-- John @ http://www.thehuffordfurnituregroup.com

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#11 posted 1800 days ago

I had 14 large cedar elms in my yard when I lived in Dallas. I always wondered what the wood looks like. Of course I never had the heart to cut any down just to find out.

It’s really nice and your boxes are great!

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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