Mixed Trash Tree Boxes

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Project by BrentB posted 05-31-2016 03:15 PM 1165 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These boxes are made of wood from trees most folks call trash trees. They may look like trash on the outside, have rough bark, long thorns, liter your yard after a storm and don’t live long, but they can have some of the most beautiful color and grain on the inside. After making my first box out of Mesquite Burl for my wife I started investigating wood from other types of native (trash) trees. A friend of mine gave me some pieces of Bodark (Bois d’Arc or Osage Orange). Another gave me some pieces of Spalted Hackberry.

With these pieces, along with some Mesquite Burl I already had, I continued practicing making boxes. They are all small boxes. I experimented with different shapes, joints, hinged, lift-lid and accents. I also experimented with mixing different types of wood and live edges for accent The dark wood is Mesquite Burl. The yellow/orange wood is Bodark and the light brown with the cracked looking grain is the Hackberry. I finished each of these boxes with Shellac using the French Polishing technique because I needed a lot of practice on that too. These boxes are some of my earliest and they have a lot of flaws, but they represent a lot of lessons learned along with helping find my own style. I have a lot more to learn and I’ve found Lumber Jocks to be a treasure-trove of ideas and information.

-- Brent, Johnson County Texas......Resawing is like a box of chocolates, ya never know what you're gonna get.

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#1 posted 05-31-2016 07:16 PM

Those are some beautiful boxes. I really like the one in picture #6.

-- Andy Smith

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#2 posted 05-31-2016 07:54 PM

Thanks Andy!

-- Brent, Johnson County Texas......Resawing is like a box of chocolates, ya never know what you're gonna get.

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#3 posted 05-31-2016 08:16 PM

Awesome mixture of natural edge and maschine made lines. Finish is very good.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 05-31-2016 11:25 PM

One mans trash….... beautiful work.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#5 posted 06-01-2016 01:39 AM

Very nice grain patterns and the finish is great.

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#6 posted 06-01-2016 08:38 AM

Wow real beauties.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 06-01-2016 01:38 PM

Jumbojack stole my thought. One mans trash… Those are beautiful boxes. We’ve had some serious weather here in Tx and I’ve gathered up some mystery wood that’s in my shed waiting for me to do something with it.

-- Don, -

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#8 posted 06-01-2016 02:48 PM

I appreciate everyone’s nice comments as I work my way up the learning curve!

-- Brent, Johnson County Texas......Resawing is like a box of chocolates, ya never know what you're gonna get.

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#9 posted 06-01-2016 03:21 PM

These are so beautiful and nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#10 posted 06-01-2016 03:53 PM

They are great looking boxes and I can find nothing wrong with them. Truly outstanding buddy

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

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#11 posted 06-02-2016 03:26 PM

beautiful boxes

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