Banyan Tree Boxes

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Project by FloridaArt posted 03-26-2016 01:12 PM 574 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

March, 2016—Sawdust Bob has banyan trees and he gave me a cut-off that had been in a wood pile for months. Pictured are three of the four boxes I’ve made with it so far. Banyan wood certainly has some challenges in working with it. Lots of character!

I also tried some different finishes. The box on the top (or left) is dyed with and orange dye, and then covered in multiple coats of brushed-on water-base satin poly. The bottom (or right-most) is first coated with tung oil, and then multiple coats of brushed-on gloss poly. The middle box only has the tung oil. This is a very porous wood.

The largest box, the orange one, is 6.6-inches long, 3.25-inches wide, and 4.25-inches tall at the peak. I like how the orange box turned out. I may try blue due for the next one! :-)

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#1 posted 03-26-2016 03:00 PM

Your challenging yourself Art.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#2 posted 03-26-2016 08:38 PM

Have never worked with Banyan before. Amazed how it soaks up the finish so much.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#3 posted 03-26-2016 10:17 PM

Nice looking boxes, that banyan is a very attractive wood. Looking forward to your next ones.

-- Leafherder

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#4 posted 03-27-2016 01:09 AM

Those are wildly cool Art.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#5 posted 03-27-2016 02:25 AM

Good looking boxes!!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 03-27-2016 10:43 AM

I like those Art, the wood is awesome.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#7 posted 03-27-2016 11:08 AM

Nice looking boxes Art!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#8 posted 03-29-2016 01:07 PM

Another really sweet set of boxes.

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