Box Elder wood

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Project by BarbS posted 821 days ago 1992 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 821 days ago

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 821 days ago

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


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#3 posted 821 days ago

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

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#4 posted 821 days ago

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


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#5 posted 821 days ago

HI Barb,

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


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#6 posted 821 days ago

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 821 days ago

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 821 days ago

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 821 days ago

Thanks for the kind words, everyone!


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#10 posted 821 days ago

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 821 days ago

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

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#12 posted 821 days ago

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.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#13 posted 820 days ago

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 820 days ago

beautiful colors

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#15 posted 820 days ago

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. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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