Is Eucalyptus a good wood for small box making?

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Forum topic by Larry Wilson posted 10-16-2017 04:38 PM 1028 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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I have an option to get some Eucalyptus at a good price. Is it a good choice for smallish sized boxes?

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#1 posted 10-16-2017 04:51 PM

Larry there’s about a million different species of Euc. So it like asking are tires good for off roading. Can you get a sample too how you like it ?

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#2 posted 10-16-2017 04:53 PM

You may find it difficult to work but it
can look nice. It is not usually considered
a commercially viable hardwood in the USA.

The boards may have stability issues but
for small boxes I imagine you can work around

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#3 posted 10-16-2017 05:00 PM

Very nice boxes can be made from almost any wood, but other woods would generally be preferred. On the spectrum of goodness for box-making, eucalyptus would be in the bottom quartile.

While the subspecies have varying characteristics, eucalytups is generally:
-very hard
-moves a lot
-interlocked grain

These translate to:
-more difficult to work
-more difficult to keep square/not explode due to wood movement

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#4 posted 10-16-2017 05:40 PM

Euc is good so long as it’s properly acclimatized to whichever environment it will be used. Also, it really helps to weight it down as it likes to move a lot as it’s drying.

Once it’s ready though, it can be some of the most beautiful wood. There are many, many species but they all seem to have their own unique beauties within them, especially when it’s quartersawn.

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#5 posted 10-17-2017 04:58 AM

It’s fine. It’s hard. Can even be brittle but once it’s dry it doesn’t move like everyone is saying. I use it almost daily. Interlocking grain for sure but beautiful.

Here’s some blue gum eucalyptus.

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#6 posted 10-17-2017 08:28 PM

I have an option to get some Eucalyptus at a good price. Is it a good choice for smallish sized boxes?

- Larry Wilson

There is a variety of eucalyptus that grows in California that is very oily and burns very hot with a lot of black smoke; it is considered a fire hazard. It is a native of Australia that was imported into the U.S. It is one of the tallest growing trees in the world; it gives off a pleasant smell and is a natural mosquito repellent. It is good for outdoor furniture and rivals teak. Due to it’s pleasant smell, it may be good for small boxes. It may be difficult to work.

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