Box Elder bowl

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Project by Rj posted 05-05-2009 10:27 PM 2513 views 3 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished this bowl today Its 11”x4 1/2” tall

Woods used- Bowl is Box Elder with a Red Heart foot/base
Finish is wipe on poly then Beal buffed

3/16 rim thickness and is 1/4 + at the foot

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#1 posted 05-05-2009 10:32 PM

Great bowl and great wood well done

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#2 posted 05-05-2009 10:37 PM

Rj, What a very pretty bowl! I have never turned Box Elder and have some at my disposal. The color I see is that natural or did you do something to make it that way?

‘The Sedcokid’

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#3 posted 05-05-2009 10:42 PM

Thanks for the great complements! Sedcokid its all Natural = no dyes or stain added.

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#4 posted 05-05-2009 10:52 PM

WOW WOW WOW WOW were did I put the box elder blank I bought.super fantastic.


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#5 posted 05-05-2009 11:04 PM

very nice i really like the re heart foot.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#6 posted 05-05-2009 11:10 PM

Nice job.
I have never worked with Box Elder. I think I need to find some.

-- Les B, Oregon

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Les Hastings

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#7 posted 05-06-2009 12:30 AM

Super nice job Rj!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#8 posted 05-06-2009 12:57 AM

I love the looks of box elder but have never used it. You’ve done a beautiful job with this turning. I’m curious…what is the wall thickness at the rim and near the base?

Thanks for posting it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#9 posted 05-06-2009 01:24 AM

Again I have to say “WOW, WOW, WOW, beautiful bowl” !!! That belongs in an art gallery !

-- Odie, Confucius say, "He who laughs at one's self is BUTT of joke". (my funny blog)

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#10 posted 05-06-2009 02:28 AM

RJ, keep it out of direct sunlight or you will loose the red. It is a fungas from the larve of the boxelder fly. The sun has a bad effect on it and it will turn gray as most fungal fractures do. It is a beautiful bowl, nice job.

-- Dale

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#11 posted 05-06-2009 02:50 AM

Thanks All for the super complements !

Thanks for the heads up Bigwood! I’ll keep it out of direct sunlight .

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#12 posted 05-06-2009 03:23 AM

I’ve got a piece of box elder…....Hummmm… what to do with it?

Great looking bowl. First rate!

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#13 posted 05-06-2009 06:23 AM

Ron my man!!!! Wow, that is so beautiful!!!! Love the shape, and what a piece of wood, I thought it was a dye on it that you somehow brought out this wonderful look. Super finish.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#14 posted 05-06-2009 12:25 PM

You did a fine job with a great piece of wood.
It`s a great looking piece.

-- ''Carry on my wayward son''

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Douglas Bordner

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#15 posted 05-06-2009 03:05 PM

Beautiful chunk of wood, skillfully turned into an exceptional bowl. Thin is in!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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