Reclaimed Boise Silver Maple Tree into chest

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Project by Richard posted 08-12-2011 05:51 AM 1815 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

City had to remove some dying silver maple from Boise and I was able to save some logs from the chipper. Normally silver maple is quite bland, but as it the tree approaches its end lifespan, striping, spalting, and decay seems to enhance the wood. Even a honey bee hive within a tree cavity can make the wood colorful, as the warm honey soaks into the wood on those hot summer days. The only drawback is that honey soaked wood is very messy to saw according to my sawyer. The sawdust is sticky, but a tad on the sweet side.

I ended up donating the finished chest to our humane society silent auction.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#1 posted 08-12-2011 09:49 AM

Any maple is good maple.
Nice work!

-- Jay in Changsha

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#2 posted 08-12-2011 01:09 PM

First time I’ve heard of honey-soaked sawdust…

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#3 posted 08-12-2011 02:11 PM

Handsome work for a good cause…

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#4 posted 08-13-2011 01:47 AM

This is a great chest… I really like it….

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#5 posted 12-13-2011 12:35 AM

Nice job. Great use of the wood.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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