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Keeping it Live, Texas Cedar Elm

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Project by Blackie_ posted 10-30-2013 01:56 PM 2590 views 2 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is yet another venture into my box making and having a blast, this is from a batch of wood that I just recently came across, my dad’s next door neighbor had this tree (Texas Cedar Elm) on his property that had been dead standing for a good two years and he just brought it down a few months ago, I was fortunate to come across this find more so that I didn’t have to use my chainsaw it was already portioned for me, I’ve had it stickered for a good while and tested it at 15% before bringing it into my shop in which I let it sit for about a week for adjustment, I optioned for a live edge lid along with custom made wooden hinges to compliment the live edge also making them to look the part, The box joints are 1/2” another trial, I wanted to see what they looked like. This box measures 12” x 7 1/2” x 5”, it’s finished in a single coat of tung oil, two coats of wipe on poly and a final coat of paste wax.

Thanks for looking and comments are always enjoyed.

-- 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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Diwayne

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#1 posted 10-30-2013 02:27 PM

Great work. I love the hinges and wonderful wood.

-- What one man can do, another man can also do.

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helluvawreck

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#2 posted 10-30-2013 02:30 PM

Nice box. The wood looks great.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Dallas

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#3 posted 10-30-2013 02:33 PM

Hey Blackie,
I have about 6 cedar elms I’m bringing down as soon as the weather settles a bit.
I’m going to save 4 or 5 logs for my own use, and cut the rest up for the burn pile unless you or someone else wants some… Come up and get it after it’s cut.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 10-30-2013 02:37 PM

Great looking box, Randy!! That elm has some gorgeous character!!

-- 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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#5 posted 10-30-2013 02:40 PM

Dallas, right now I’ve got a good stock pile of it, but…. depending on your time line and when you bring them down I may be interested, please keep me posted.

Thanks for the great comments everyone.

-- 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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Dallas

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#6 posted 10-30-2013 03:08 PM

Probably sometime late this fall or early spring. If I have time I will slab it at 8/4 and stack it under cover., that just depends on my ‘want-to.’
I also have a couple of white oaks that have to be brought down, along with a new Texas Cedar that had ever limb stripped off of it when an overhanging Live Oak limb got eaten by carpenter ants and broke off.

All will have to go on the burn pile as I can’t handle that much for slabbing on the chainsaw mill.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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Blackie_

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#7 posted 10-30-2013 03:22 PM

OK thanks, Live Oak is to tough and chewy for me :)

-- 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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AngieO

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#8 posted 10-30-2013 03:37 PM

Great piece. I love it

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aussiedave

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#9 posted 10-30-2013 04:01 PM

Beautiful box Randy, you really have mastered those wooden hinges….looks great.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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BENTWOOD

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#10 posted 10-30-2013 04:10 PM

Love that Texas cedar!

-- http://www.bentwoodjewelrydesigns.com

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HillbillyShooter

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#11 posted 10-30-2013 08:37 PM

Very nicely done with great show of the grain and outstanding hinges.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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DocSavage45

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#12 posted 10-30-2013 10:57 PM

Now you’re thinking way “inside the box!” Keep going, have fun.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Blackie_

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#13 posted 10-30-2013 11:24 PM

Thanks everyone for your awesome comments.

-- 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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Todd

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#14 posted 10-30-2013 11:28 PM

The homemade hinges are a good idea. I may steal it sometime. Nice work.

-- Todd, Ontario, CA

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Blackie_

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#15 posted 10-30-2013 11:51 PM

Todd thanks, most of my latest boxes have wooden hinges, there’s many other members on here that make them, that’s how I got into it by others and asking questions along with google and youtube, you should, they are fun and easy to make there are so many different patterns and avenues to take in making them, I found mine by way of using my box joint jig.

-- 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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