Reclaimed Boise Silver Maple Tree into chest

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Project by Richard posted 1077 days ago 1484 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 1077 days ago

Any maple is good maple.
Nice work!

-- Jay in Changsha

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#2 posted 1077 days ago

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

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#3 posted 1077 days ago

Handsome work for a good cause…

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#4 posted 1076 days ago

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

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

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#5 posted 954 days ago

Nice job. Great use of the wood.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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