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Two Water Elm Bandsaw Boxes, White and Red.

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Project by Blackie_ posted 08-01-2012 12:38 PM 1961 views 4 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well here are a couple of boxes these came from the same branch off of an water Elm Tree that was in my sisters yard dieing, if only I had know what the wood was going to look like I would gotten the whole trunk reason I didn’t was because it was still very green but live and learn. There are two boxes pictured here one is from the inner hull and the other is from the outer, the outer skin of the limb has between a 1/4” – 3/8” outer white shell so I made a box using both by cutting the inner red part out of the shell before making a box from it, as I was trying to see which one I liked best what do you all think? The first box pictured is the white shell, Only difference is that the white outer shell box is a larger box, it also has a hidden drawer in it. I added a link to the tree so that you’ll have some information on the water Elm.

http://dendro.cnre.vt.edu/dendrology/syllabus/factsheet.cfm?ID=347

Thanks for viewing

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs





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FloridaArt

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#1 posted 08-01-2012 12:48 PM

Nicely done. Your design retains a natural look for these projects.

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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woodshaver

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#2 posted 08-01-2012 12:53 PM

I like the lighter white box it’s more appealing to me, I like contrast but both are very nicely done! Plus it’s even better when there is a story involved about the project. The add information about the tree is nice too! Sweet post!

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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Monte Pittman

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#3 posted 08-01-2012 01:30 PM

I like both. I also like working with elm. Good job.

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

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AngieO

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#4 posted 08-01-2012 02:01 PM

Both are nice. I tend to like darker wood but I can’t decide which I like better. I really like the hidden drawer too.

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Kookaburra

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#5 posted 08-01-2012 02:12 PM

I never heard of water elm before – so thanks for the lesson. I really like that you can see the rings on the back of both boxes – a very nice look that we almost never get a glimpse of. I think I prefer the white wrapper – mostly because it tells a bigger story about the wood. If it had been stained or dyed it would not have the same appeal to me, but as that is how the tree grew, it brings me closer to the wood itself (if that makes any sense whatsoever)

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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Blackie_

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#6 posted 08-01-2012 02:38 PM

Ya know I guess why not have the best of both worlds, if you think about it you still get the red view by the inner drawer + I get a bigger box if I keep it as it is, to bad the limb wasn’t bing enough for a square block. Thanks for all the wonderful comments and suggestions. :)

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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Jim Jakosh

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#7 posted 08-01-2012 02:45 PM

Nice boxes, Randy. You sure can crank them out! You must live in your shop like I do!!..................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Blackie_

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#8 posted 08-01-2012 02:51 PM

Thanks Jim, I love it and since I’m retired what else do I have to do. :)

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#9 posted 08-01-2012 03:31 PM

They are really cool! :)

Sheila

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

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Boxguy

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#10 posted 08-01-2012 03:37 PM

Blackie, since you asked, I like the darker outside in terms of appearance. If the sapwood outside holds up and doesn’t crack, it has a great feel of working with the wood in its natural state. That appeals to me in an intellectual sense. I appreciate the link to Water Maple. It is not native to our area, and I have never seen the tree before. Thanks for sharing that.

Nice work on the photographs of your boxes. The photos are clear and the simple background really accentuates the work. My photos improved when I went to the local camera shop and bought a roll of paper to set things on.

Retirement can be quite productive and a great time to let that long-frustrated creative element develop. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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Donna Menke

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#11 posted 08-01-2012 05:07 PM

I like these a lot, Blackie, with the two toned being much my favorite. You could have used a slice of that sapwood for the handle for another contrasting touch. Log boxes like this with a drawer are so nice- I will have to try one someday.

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!" www.woodworks-by-donna.com

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Dustmite97

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#12 posted 08-01-2012 07:50 PM

Great work on these. I’ve never heard of water elm either. Looks like a really nice wood.

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AngieO

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#13 posted 08-01-2012 11:11 PM

I don’t know about water elm… but I have a water maple in my back yard. In the fall… that puppy is coming down. I still have some logs in my front yard that we tried to give away free for fire wood or whatever they want… still sitting there. I wouldn’t know what to do with them.
Wonder if when we take that tree down anyone will be interested in the wood from it. Is water maple any good?
All I know… that thing kills my yard and today while working on my cc sled in the yard… no wind… and a rather large limb fell out. YIKES!

Blackie,.. I love your boxes. This is another great one.

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Roger

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#14 posted 08-01-2012 11:21 PM

Now that’s just plain cute. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Blackie_

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#15 posted 08-01-2012 11:50 PM

Thanks Angie, you know you might just want to hang on to some of those maple logs for later projects.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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