Box Elder Dish

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 08-16-2017 09:00 PM 1407 views 2 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had 8 logs sitting in front of my barn for 3 years and wanted them out of there. Some were box elder and some were spalted maple but I did not seal the ends and they were cracked all the way through. I showed these to the electrical inspector that inspected my solar system and told him there still might be something of value in those logs and I’d make him something once I got to splitting them.
This is a small dish from the female box elder log that I made for him. It is about 6” dia. and 2” deep and finished with Danish oil, clear lacquer and 3 stage buffed and waxed. It was also cracked but I filled the cracks with black epoxy!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 08-16-2017 09:22 PM

Looks good Jim…just like all of your work. Does Box elder still release its aroma after 3 years?

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#2 posted 08-16-2017 09:30 PM

Love those colors and grain pattern. Great shape on the dish!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 08-16-2017 09:48 PM

Nice grain patterns Jim! Glad you got to make something useful from the logs. My first though when I saw your dish was eclipse. Don’t ask me why! :)

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#4 posted 08-16-2017 11:28 PM

Nice bowl Jim and good save. That’s one big knot you turned around. I hope you weren’t trying to bribe him.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#5 posted 08-17-2017 12:43 AM


I’ll bet if you had known how the Colors & Grain were in that old Elder really was, you would have been making things from them a long time ago! :) Yes? :)


Stunning! Awesome!

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#6 posted 08-17-2017 01:20 AM

And I thought that was a pile of fire wood….. Very nice job Jim I really like the save you made with the black epoxy. I’m sure the inspector will be happy..

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#7 posted 08-17-2017 01:30 AM

Very nice Jim, But!!!!! how come you didn’t seal the ends of those logs.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#8 posted 08-17-2017 01:32 AM

I don’t know if I’ll ever see Box Elder or get to turn it Jim, but I sure like the colours in it!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#9 posted 08-17-2017 03:25 AM

I just got a bunch of box elder from a guy I work with, it’s on of my favorites to turn

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#10 posted 08-17-2017 06:57 AM

great turn,Jim
beautiful wood
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#11 posted 08-17-2017 01:28 PM


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#12 posted 08-17-2017 02:46 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments. I knew this was cracked before I put it on the lathe, but it had that neat red knot in it that I wanted to capture in the piece.

Hi John, I didn’t know box elder had an aroma. My smeller is shot. too much breathing of solvents, I think…like lacquer thinner. i don’t even smell it any more.

Hi Dave. No bribe. He had the label signed before we ever looked at that pile!

Hi Joe, I have been making things out of the red(female) box elder for many years now. I go searching for it. On Tuesday I looked at a whole tree of it that blew down in the wind. Too big for me to handle but I did bring a wedge home and it has three red rings in it. It will on the lathe soon.

Hi Bubbl, when you get your lathe, I have a lot of neat wood for you to pick from!!

Hi Bob, I didn’t seal them because they were too heavy for me to handle at the time and I just left them covered up. They were a surprise drop and I was not sure what they were at first.
Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#13 posted 08-17-2017 03:31 PM

Jim, this is a beautiful dish and the wood is very nice.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#14 posted 08-17-2017 04:03 PM

The color and grain pattern of box elder is beautiful and so is your workmanship Jim.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#15 posted 08-17-2017 07:33 PM

Thanks Charles and Lee!!!!!!!!!!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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