Where boxelder grows to commercial size, it's mixed and marketed with soft maples for retail sale. Small local mills may distinguish boxelder from soft maples, and specialty suppliers of spalted turning blocks and squares certainly do. Lumber should run less than $2 per board foot for FAS. Veneer or plywood isn't available. Because there's little difference between the color or the working characteristics of boxelder's heartwood and sapwood, you needn't sort through piles looking for one over the other. Once you have your stock, though, keep these working tips in mind.
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