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Two Boxes, Same Species Only Different Trees, Redbud

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Project by Blackie_ posted 307 days ago 1472 views 2 times favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’d like to see if anyone can guess the species used for these two boxes, though no prize awarded just the satisfaction of gloating and bragging rights. :) As stated in the title even though they look so different they are from the same species Ok some hints, it’s a wood that’s not sold commercially and they don’t get very big typically 20 – 30 ft, it grows from the south up into the north eastern states starting from Texas then north half of Oklahoma then to north eastern states, this is about all of the hints I can give without handing it to you :)

The box on the left with the very busy pattern and greenish color, I had these boards laying out on the ground in the mud you name it for a good year or more, I obtained this wood via chainsaw from a neighbor just at the start of my bandsaw box making, before I got into box joinery and the few boards I had were almost tossed, after seeing the affects I’m glad I hung onto them, I used 3/8” box joints with inlayed wooden hinges on the back from the same wood, it measures 11” x 4” x6”

The box on the right came from my dads property only it was already dead and stickered for several months before I used it, it also has 3/8” box joints, legs and round wooden hinges on the rear a new design I came up with trying something new, it measures 10” x 5 1/2” x 6”

Both boxes were finished in a single coat of tung oil, two coats satin wipe on poly and a final coat of paste wax.

Thanks for viewing and playing along in the guessing game :)

Edit In: game is over, firefighterontheside is the winner, the wood is Redbud. Who would have known that the same wood could come out looking so differently just because of the way it was handled?

-- 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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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 307 days ago

Beauties. My guess is elm.

-- 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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Blackie_

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#2 posted 307 days ago

Thanks Monte but not the right guess, try again :)

-- 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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doubleDD

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#3 posted 307 days ago

Awesome looking boxes. I really like the look of you hinge. My guess would be the same as Monte, Elm, only I have a lot of these in Illinois, so probably wrong.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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Monte Pittman

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#4 posted 307 days ago

OK, sapwood and heartwood. Mulberry or hackberry?

-- 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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Blackie_

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#5 posted 307 days ago

In my hints, I mentioned the tress only grow between 20 -30 ft, they don’t get very tall.

-- 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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Eagle1

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#6 posted 307 days ago

I don’t know kinda look like amberisia maple to me

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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firefighterontheside

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#7 posted 307 days ago

I’m gonna say white ash.

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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Blackie_

3378 posts in 1149 days


#8 posted 307 days ago

I believe all the trees mentioned so far grow taller then 30’ I might be wrong but still not it, I’m going to give it more time before I let the cat out, I seriously doubt anyone would ever guess but I have high hopes that Andy will be able to peg them :)

-- 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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tefinn

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#9 posted 307 days ago

Any chance it’s mimosa?

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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firefighterontheside

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#10 posted 307 days ago

My next guess is hornbeam.

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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Blackie_

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#11 posted 307 days ago

Tom, you are very…. close, closest yet but still no, you are on the right track though.

-- 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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firefighterontheside

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#12 posted 307 days ago

Redbud

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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Blackie_

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#13 posted 307 days ago

No Bill, Hornbeam is to large of a tree, it reaches up to 82ft.

-- 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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Blackie_

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#14 posted 307 days ago

Bill gets the cigar, it’s Redbud, any other hints I would have given it away :)

-- 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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Hawaiilad

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#15 posted 307 days ago

Not sure of the wood type Randy, but they sure look nice. Did you spray finish or run it on?

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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