Flame Box Elder Toy Box for Grandson

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Project by noblevfd posted 03-08-2014 12:28 AM 3704 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I milled the box elder from a fallen tree on the farm. This was my first project with this wood. Finished with two coats of Watco Danish Oil Natural. From start to end it worked easy, but while dry fitting dropped one end off the bench and it broke in half across the grain. Luckily was able to re-glue and still use it as the end piece. Comments welcome.
Noble VFD

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#1 posted 03-08-2014 12:38 AM

Very beautiful. I love the look of box elder, but it gives me lots of trouble to work with. Doesn’t seem to be a very stable wood. You did great.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 03-08-2014 01:56 AM

Hello Noble,

Your box looks very nice!
I was looking at the lid and wondering what the dimensions were?

After a second look it appears to be a very good example of a moderate level of wood working required to produce such a good result, is this a correct comment?

Do you have ant details of its construction process?

-- Regards Rob

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#3 posted 03-08-2014 12:07 PM


the box is 30×13x 18x and yes I kept it simple used pocket screws for joining and cope saw to cut curves I have a blanket chest that I used for pattern with a couple modifications I made a couple mistakes but just worked around them

thanks for comments noblevfd

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#4 posted 03-08-2014 08:01 PM

great wood. was in wva on a visit and found some of this wood in a fire wood pile. We split a large piece of it and I was immediately in love with the grain and wanted to use the pieces to make a guitar body. I brought it back set it in my garage to let it dry but I made the mistake of not checking the ends and it’s split making it on usable for my intention. Still can’t believe that people use this wood in fireplaces. The pink swirls in this woold I’ve only seen in a gum tree and also in some popular that I resawed.

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#5 posted 03-08-2014 11:33 PM

Very nice piece of work. You’re lucky you had that much Box Elder. I’ve never been able to come up with that much at one time. I love the wood and just got a small piece off Ebay that I can’t decide to turn or make into a box. Look at the picture. Suggestions welcome.

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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#6 posted 03-09-2014 05:20 AM

Very Nice Project Indeed & Well Done! Thanks For Sharing.


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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