Box Elder transformation

  • Advertise with us
Project by jeffthewoodwacker posted 11-10-2009 01:19 AM 1860 views 5 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a box elder hollow form that didn’t have much character to it and I decided to transform it with some dye.
I sanded the piece up to 400 grit and then misted it with denatured alcohol to raise the grain. Lightly sanded again with 0000 steel wool and then applied a coat of blue aniline alcohol based dye. I flashed this off with a lighter and lightly sanded with steel wool. A coat of red aniline alcohol based dye was then applied. When the dye was completely dry I applied four coats of minwax clear gloss poly, sanding with 600 grit wet/dry paper between coats. The piece is 7 inches tall, 7 inches across at it’s widest point and was hollowed through a 1 inch hole. Wall thickness is just over 1/8”. Best thing about the piece – it is sold!

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

21 comments so far

View sedcokid's profile


2735 posts in 4104 days

#1 posted 11-10-2009 01:31 AM

Beautiful! Simply Beautiful!!!

‘The SedcoKid’

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

View Karson's profile


35201 posts in 4906 days

#2 posted 11-10-2009 01:45 AM

Jeff That is a beautiful piece. Great job on a ratty old piece of Box Elder, with no character.;

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

View Roper's profile


1389 posts in 4219 days

#3 posted 11-10-2009 01:49 AM

wow jeff that is an amazing piece, the sale of it must have made you fell great. keep them comin.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

View a1Jim's profile


117721 posts in 4083 days

#4 posted 11-10-2009 02:45 AM

Very nice Jeff very beautiful

View woodnut's profile


393 posts in 4558 days

#5 posted 11-10-2009 03:03 AM

great turning and absolutely outstanding use of the dyes. Well done.

-- F.Little

View woodchic's profile


841 posts in 3863 days

#6 posted 11-10-2009 03:04 AM

Wow…....this is cool. Beautiful work!

Robin Renee’


-- Robin Renee'

View Chris Cunanan's profile

Chris Cunanan

339 posts in 3986 days

#7 posted 11-10-2009 03:06 AM

heard a couple people talk about flashing the dyes on (or off?) a little, would Love to hear more on the process though! a Video would be the greatest =] lol beautiful work! keep it up jeff

View Kent Shepherd's profile

Kent Shepherd

2718 posts in 3792 days

#8 posted 11-10-2009 04:22 AM

Very impressive. I love the vase and the color



View scrappy's profile


3507 posts in 3936 days

#9 posted 11-10-2009 04:27 AM

Fantastic design and turning. The use of dyes to bring out the grain and charector is just stunning.

Congrats on the sale. Keep it up


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

View Andrew's profile


709 posts in 3704 days

#10 posted 11-10-2009 04:56 AM


-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

View Kerux's profile


812 posts in 4390 days

#11 posted 11-10-2009 06:22 AM

It’s got character now!


View peruturner's profile


317 posts in 3868 days

#12 posted 11-10-2009 07:44 AM

Great piece well done

View tomd's profile


2211 posts in 4276 days

#13 posted 11-10-2009 08:19 AM

Excellent piece, absolutely beautiful.

-- Tom D

View toyguy's profile


1697 posts in 4343 days

#14 posted 11-10-2009 02:57 PM

Very well done Jefff…... looks great

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

View Kristoffer's profile


675 posts in 3722 days

#15 posted 11-10-2009 04:29 PM

Very nice. I wouldn’t think that blue, red and natural wood would be a great match….. That’s why I try not to think too often. Looks great!

-- Cheers and God Bless

showing 1 through 15 of 21 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics