Flame Box Elder Box

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Project by robert triplett posted 417 days ago 1401 views 4 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I really like the color in this wood. It came from a guy named Kevin in Texas. He was one of the founders of woodbarter and sells some nice wood. The frame on the top and around the top and bottom of the box is Padauk. There is a little block of wood on the back to support the lid. The dividers and tray are Ambrosia Maple and FBE. The finish is Watco Danish Oil. The box is 11” x 11” x 5.5”. The wood stinks when cut and sanded, but the smell goes away and the Watco smell covers any that lingers. It was sanded to 180 and feels very smooth, almost like a bar of the soapI use!! A smaller(10” x 5” x 3) FBE box.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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#1 posted 417 days ago

Seriously nice-looking wood. I can’t actually tell what’s box elder and what’s maple… the shape matches the ambrosia maple look, but the colors look like the flame box elder. That’s quality work on the tray details, too. Nice job.

-- Allen, Colorado

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Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor

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#2 posted 417 days ago

Robert…That is some beautiful wood to enhance a really nice box…

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work.

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robert triplett

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#3 posted 417 days ago

If it is red, it’s Flame Box elder, unless it is solid red. Then it is Padauk. I thought the FBE and the Ambrosia Maple would go well together.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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#4 posted 416 days ago

Robert, very attractive design and use of combined woods. I like the internal design as well…though I would have added 45s and splines to the tray. I really like the colors and think they will look good even as the Paduk ages and turns brown over the years. Very nice job. Hope your sales go well this summer. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#5 posted 416 days ago

WOW, beautiful box. I love that box elder!!

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

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#6 posted 416 days ago

beautiful wood nice box

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#7 posted 416 days ago

Beautiful job Robert, although we would expect nothing less.

-- 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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#8 posted 416 days ago

I like this one a lot Robert. Looks like some Ambrosia beetle in the box elder. I have also had sycamore with the Ambrosia beetle coloring and holes. Those bugs must get in several different wood species and leave their mark.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#9 posted 416 days ago

Love, love, love it!

The woods go great together! Nice job!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#10 posted 416 days ago

Terrific box, love the grain and color, nice interior.

-- Tom D

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#11 posted 416 days ago

Love the FBE and great construction technique.

-- the stone rejected by the builders will become the capstone

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#12 posted 416 days ago

Beautiful box, love the box elder. I have never seen anything like that before. How can I get in touch with Kevin? Living in Montana I am very limited on getting wood locally. Thanks

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#13 posted 416 days ago

Beautifully done. I’m not familiar with that wood but I’ll keep an eye for it from my local suppliers. Really love how you did it.

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robert triplett

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#14 posted 416 days ago

I check out every day to see what is being offered for sale. I also see what is being offered for trade or what people are looking for. Great bunch of people and usually good prices.
Andy, I did mix in some Ambrosia Maple in the tray sides and bottom dividers. The box sides are all FBE. Some of the bugs were underachievers in producing the red color.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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#15 posted 416 days ago

Hey Bob nice work on this combination of woods, also the inside trays and egg crate divider really add so much more interest to such a small package…BC

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