Box Elder Wood

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Box Elder

  • Domestic hardwood found in most states
  • Light Color often with pink/red spalting
  • Used for turning, small furniture projects, accents

Also Know As:

Acer Negundo, Ash-leaved maple, Boxelder maple, Manitoba maple, Red River Maple, Fresno De Guanaco

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Characteristics of Box Elder

Cost $$$
Wood Type Hardwood
Avg. Weight Per sq/ft³ 27 lb/ft³
Use(s) Boxes, turnings, carvings, toys, and small furniture
Color scale Pale yellow, tan, often with bright pink/purple highlights from spalting
Moisture movement and Drying Dries with little distortion or movement. The weakest of the maples, not very resistant to rot.

About The 
Box Elder Species

Boxelder is a soft, fast-growing maple tree native the the US. Box elder can survive for 75 to 100 years. Sometimes called “Ash-leaved Maple”, they are generally considered a “weedy” tree. The red stain is produced by the tree’s natural defenses when wounded. It is thought that this compound is meant to inhabit the growth of fungus that commonly colonizes the tree. Much of the reddish coloring, sometimes called “flame”, becomes a more subdued pink or brown/gray upon drying.

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