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Forum topic by Ron Ford posted 12-11-2015 08:53 PM 925 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Ron Ford

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12-11-2015 08:53 PM

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Hi Folks – I was recently contacted by a person from a local arboretum letting me know that they will be taking out a number of old boxwoods in the spring and asking if I would like any of the wood for turning projects. I went over to see what they look like and, while they are old and rather large (probably 6 – 8’ tall) there don’t appear to be any branches of any size beyond maybe an inch or so in diameter.

Any suggestions on what if anything could be made from this material? Other than pens, I’m not coming up with much. One friend suggested that the lower trunk and root ball may present some opportunity.

As always, any input will be gratefully accepted.

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#1 posted 12-12-2015 06:10 PM

boxwood would make great tool handles, bowls (live edge???), chess pieces. The root-ball may have some interesting grain patterns.

I would not pass.

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#2 posted 12-12-2015 06:23 PM

Great for homemade tools and handles and such.

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#3 posted 12-18-2015 05:42 PM

It’s used as inlay detail, called stringing.

Boxwood is used in turnings as inserts to be threaded, for woods that don’t thread well.

Folding rules were commonly made from boxwood. I think it would be good for a Phi gauge.

Google what to do when it is cut. Anchorseal might help.

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