Box Elder wood

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Project by BarbS posted 05-02-2012 04:44 PM 2731 views 3 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I acquired some Box Elder wood and have been playing with it. Some is more colorful than other pieces, but it is a fun wood wo work with. Both these bowls are about 5” in diameter. The first is finished with Danish oil and wax, the second, shallower dish is finished with wax only. If anyone knows how to best finish Box Elder, I’m open to suggestions.


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#1 posted 05-02-2012 04:52 PM

Nice color variations. Kind of like marble.
Never seen it finished before.
I just remember a box elder growing next to my tree-house as a little tyke. Thanks for the memories.


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#2 posted 05-02-2012 07:08 PM

What a lovely piece, Barb! It certainly is beautiful! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 05-02-2012 08:13 PM

The bowls turned out very nice. I love the colors.

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#4 posted 05-02-2012 08:14 PM

hi very nice turning love the color in it never turned box elder


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#5 posted 05-02-2012 08:35 PM

HI Barb,

Both the wood and the turnings are especially nice. Beautiful job.


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#6 posted 05-02-2012 09:09 PM

Think I saw the plate over on WC Barb, these are two very nice pieces of timber & turned to show how delicate timber can be made to look. A couple of beauties :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#7 posted 05-02-2012 09:42 PM

These are wonderful – your work allows the beauty of the wood to shine.

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#8 posted 05-02-2012 10:38 PM

Thos are beautiful, that wood is very eye catching, I think just the wax is all that’s needed.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#9 posted 05-02-2012 10:39 PM

Thanks for the kind words, everyone!


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#10 posted 05-02-2012 11:06 PM

That is some beautiful wood, and you’ve done a fine fine turning/s of both bowls. Very nicely don

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#11 posted 05-02-2012 11:18 PM

Very beautiful wood and impressive turnings. I especially like the footed platter for it’s elegant lines.

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#12 posted 05-02-2012 11:35 PM

Barb, Box Elder is a wonderful wood to work with….but it will leech color from other woods or anything that bleeds and is in contact with the wood.

I would recommend a good oil finish and a layer or two of wax. My personal preference is Watco Danish Oil (it has oil, varnish, and wax already mixed). I am also very partial to boiled linseed oil and a few coats of buffed beeswax. Tung oil is very good also. If you are going to use any of these with food – I would use a foodsafe mineral oil and beeswax.

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#13 posted 05-03-2012 02:04 AM

Reggie, good to hear your experience. I used the two-stage HUT PPP waxes on the shallow footed bowl only, and like its color. The other, rounded one I used Danish oil on, then Renaissance wax and it seems ‘muddied’ to me, though that may have been a difference in the wood itself. The two have quite different patterns. Thanks for your input!


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#14 posted 05-03-2012 02:11 AM

beautiful colors

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#15 posted 05-03-2012 04:11 AM

Beautiful wood and very nicely done. I have a chance to get 8 fairly large Box Elder trees this weekend. Seeing this convinces me that I need to go get them.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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