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Oct 13th, 2005 at 5:10pm
 
I have a chance to cut a few trees, mostly Box Elder. But I wonder if anyone that has harvested a lot of wood can tell me if there is some way to tell if you'll have such things as curly wood or birds eye or other figure while the bark is still on and the tree intact. And also if there are certain ways, like quarter sawing, to get better use and get better grain patterns in the wood. I'll just be cutting with my chainsaw and cutting mostly turning blanks. But I would like to know if there's ways to see the patterns in the wood before you cut it up so I won't ruin the good stuff.
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Reply #1 - Oct 13th, 2005 at 5:17pm
 
Curt, most everything you asked about is "mirrored” in the bark.
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Reply #2 - Oct 13th, 2005 at 8:06pm
 
If it is box elder, while all that other stuff is really nice, what you really want is lots of red to show up.  All the other is bonus.  And if by chance you find a box elder with burl on it, $$$$$$$$$.  As they say in the song, "You're in the money, You're in the money....."   8)
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Reply #3 - Oct 13th, 2005 at 8:09pm
 
Don't forget to take some end grain sealer with you.   8)
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Reply #4 - Oct 13th, 2005 at 8:35pm
 
Isn't Box Elder like Eucalyptus in that it needs to be sealed almost before you stop making the cut?

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Reply #5 - Oct 14th, 2005 at 4:21am
 
Actually box elder is extremely stable and at least the stuff that I have had doesn't check that bad.  It doesn't move drastically either.  It's relative to maple in these aspects and in my opinion even nicer to turn, sand and finish.
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Reply #6 - Oct 14th, 2005 at 7:54am
 
Unfortunately, the Box Elder that grows around here never shows the red in the grain like the easter stuff does. But I'm hoping to find some wavy grain patterns. One of the trees is pretty big, 30" diameter, but has been dead awhile and may be hollow inside. It has some burl at the base that will be nice if it isn't rotten. The others are smaller and I don't expect much except straight grain and some crotch wood.
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Reply #7 - Oct 14th, 2005 at 11:05am
 
I was reading about a guy that pours different color dyes at the root line of Aspen trees a month or so before cutting, and ends up with some wild colored wood. Will not help your dead trees, but 5 gallons of red food coloring at the base of the next Box Elder you need to cut, and it may be beautiful wood. (or green, blue, yellow??)
Bunny and I just cut down an 8" diameter Red Bud tree (that was into the overhead phone lines), and the heartwood looks very much like Black Locust. Had a lot of rot, but 10 pieces were good. Wish I had remembered the Aspen-coloring guy, and fed that tree some red dye a few weeks ago as a test.
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Reply #8 - Oct 14th, 2005 at 12:45pm
 
Gil, I've also seen the work the guy does with colored aspen. If I remember right, he's given up woodturning for health reasons. Now would be the wrong time to "add" color to wood with the sap returning to the roots. But in spring it might work great with the Box Elder too.
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Reply #9 - Oct 21st, 2005 at 9:09am
 
The box elder was mostly a bust. The burl was very rotten and full of termite or some other bug shavings. The rest of the wood is very plain, creamy white, with very little figure. Will make good firewood though.
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Reply #10 - Oct 21st, 2005 at 10:03am
 
Curt, turn a piece. Boxelder wood can have hidden treasures once turned.
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