Female Box Elder Plate

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 04-04-2019 08:37 PM 905 views 1 time favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a 9” plate made from female (red) box elder wood. It is finished with Danish oil and then buffed and waxed for a more natural finish.

This is part of a slab of box elder that was full of bugs on one end and the pieces that were left had to be joined together to make this piece. It is only 1” thick. It still has some small bug holes and tracks in the wood. but no more bugs!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#1 posted 04-04-2019 08:50 PM

Sure is pretty even with the bug holes!

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#2 posted 04-04-2019 09:06 PM

very beautiful plate,buddy
if bugs are inside just take some salt and…
have a nice day

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#3 posted 04-04-2019 09:38 PM

Lovely wood. I’m not familiar too much with box elder, but if it were Maple I would emphatically state the streaks, and the tiny holes are from an Ambrosia beetle. I had seen the Elder before on here, and just assumed the streaks were part of the wood. Now I’m wondering if it isn’t just Ambrosia Elder?

As you can see on these Ambrosia Maple pics, each streak has at least one bug hole.

Explanation as it applies to the Maples, wondering if it's the same for the Elders? Probably is, all I know about Box Elder is it is usually found as Boxelder Maple.

Anyhow, more so than the Maple streaks, that Elder is very nice looking wood.

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#4 posted 04-04-2019 09:41 PM

Excellent work as always! Do you ever add some Transtint red dye to extend the red color? Jamie Donaldson recommends doing that. I didn’t heed his advice and now the red has changed to brown. Just wondering if you ever do that.

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#5 posted 04-05-2019 12:34 AM

Beautiful!!!! I am always impressed with the Box Elder.

Very nice Jim…



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#6 posted 04-05-2019 12:53 AM

Box elder is a great looking wood. Excellent job on your plate.

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#7 posted 04-05-2019 01:44 AM

Awesome looking plate !!

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#8 posted 04-05-2019 04:30 AM

Beautiful plate, very nice and interesting natural wood pattern.

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#9 posted 04-05-2019 10:03 AM

Nice work!

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#10 posted 04-05-2019 11:01 AM

Great looking plate Jim!

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

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#11 posted 04-05-2019 12:58 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments.

Hi Steve, I was thinking about about those small holes compared to the large oval holes in the part I burned. I think you are right….those look just like Ambrosia beetle holes!!.

Hi John. I have never worked with trans tint dyes. I know the red will turn brown if exposed to UV light. There were a few guys in our turning guild that were using trans tint dyes on their expensive pieces and they quit using it because they said it faded out with time. I have been thinking about using a colorant in epoxy resin for pouring, though.

cheers, Jim

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

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#12 posted 04-05-2019 01:37 PM

Love the look of box elder

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#13 posted 04-05-2019 02:00 PM

great wood GREAT JOB :<)) GRATZ TOP 3

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#14 posted 04-05-2019 02:43 PM

That box elder sure is pretty. Nice job

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#15 posted 04-05-2019 02:57 PM

The wood is beautiful and so is the turning of it.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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