Reclaimed Silver Maple Tree

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Project by Richard posted 06-08-2010 06:15 AM 2766 views 4 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a steamer trunk which I made from a very large silver maple tree once growing here in Boise. When I see a huge tree being hauled off to the dump, I see raw materials being wasted. This time I was able to save the large trunk and a friend sawed it up for me, and I was able to sticker and dry the silver maple. A lot of the wood cracked and ended up in my shop stove, but I did get some fine pieces. Silver maple can be odd, sometimes its very boring in appearance, other times its riddled with streaks, figure, and odd coloring depending on the growing conditions and the minerals in the soil. The last photo is what my shop looks like when you tend to dry your own lumber, it can be a mess.

Overall a fun but challenging project. I rather see the tree drying in my workshop, than on a flatbed trailer headed to the chipper or landfill.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#1 posted 06-08-2010 06:40 AM

Awesome job man, beautiful materials

-- Oldwolf -

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#2 posted 06-08-2010 06:41 AM

Good save and nice box.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#3 posted 06-08-2010 06:43 AM

Wonderful trunk a great piece

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 06-08-2010 07:54 AM

Beautiful finish on that one!!

-- 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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#5 posted 06-08-2010 08:06 AM

Excellent work and wood processing!. Out in my shop, two pieces of different species of wood are on the drying stage. I do spray water from time to time to avoid splitting. Curing is time consuming. I have a guava tree that was standing in the heat of sun and rain for two years as an orchid stand. Later, I found it is hard and not dense. Strong to retain the pliability. I think natural way of drying is the best. If the wood survive for a year, then it will be good.

By the way, I think we are relatives… I am Bert Flores (Flores in spanish means Flowers) and you are also Richard Flower….. LOL. Anyway we are both LJ.

-- Bert

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#6 posted 06-08-2010 08:45 AM


Just like we were talking about with the Midnight Tree Salvage! Man I am in awe of what would have otherwise been wasted at the dump. You are truly a gifted artist my friend.

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#7 posted 06-08-2010 10:57 AM

Great work. Always good to see discarded tree parts reclaimed and msed into something so beautiful..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#8 posted 06-08-2010 02:26 PM

Well done my man, I like ever thing about this build , wood, design and finish….please forward so i could have a closer look…lol….BC

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#9 posted 06-08-2010 02:38 PM

Great job Richard.
Very nice use of otherwise wasted material.
The pieces you chose are extraordinarily nice in appearance.

-- Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs ~ Henry Ford

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#10 posted 06-08-2010 04:49 PM

Just because Boise is called the city of trees is no reason to ever let one go to waste.Good save and a beautiful trunk…...................Schloemoe

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www.

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#11 posted 06-08-2010 07:06 PM

Beautiful trunk! And from wood headed to the dump is even better. Nice save and great job.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#12 posted 06-08-2010 07:09 PM

Thanks for all the kind comments, the trunk did turn out, but I feel limited by my finishing abilities. I always have a hard time finishing maple, if you look closely you can see some blotching and runs, but the true beauty of the wood helped hide my inexperience at finishing. I am going to have to take a finishing class at woodcraft to improve.

Medicineman 5000 see you at 4:00 a.m. at the dump, to score us some raw resources.

BertFlores58 Any problems with the humidity at your place when drying lumber, here in Idaho its pretty much dry.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#13 posted 06-09-2010 01:15 AM

Great looking trunk. Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#14 posted 06-09-2010 03:05 AM

Great job on the trunk. It looks very nice.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#15 posted 06-09-2010 11:03 AM

Very well done, Looks great you should be proud!

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

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