Yellow Box

Yellow Box

Introduction

 

Yellow box wood is one amongst the notable species, particularly in history. it had been one amongst the few trees to survive the blast from the 6 August 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima Japan, that was the Eucalyptus melliodora. The tree was placed 740 m (2,430 ft) from the hypocenter, and as of April 2019 was still standing.

Yellow Box Burls or otherwise referred to as Eucalyptus melliodora is harvested in southeastern Australia from medium to tall trees within the Eucalyptus family. Yellow Box timber ( Eucalyptus melliodora ) could be a medium sized hardwood growing on the higher soils of the tablelands and inland slopes in New South Wales, additionally found in Victoria and Queensland.

The lumber of this wood is harvested and used for outside comes like fence posts and bridge components however in little quantities. Yellow Box lumber is not widespread for woodworking, however the burls are prized and used more normally for their distinctive figure and color. This wood is quite rough, flaky, or fibrous bark on half or all of the trunk, swish grey to yellow bark above. This wood is extremely heavy, dense, and fairly immune to aging and therefore the attack of insects and pests.

Other than the quality health risks related to any sort of exotic wood dust, no additional health reactions are according within the case of Yellow Box, although many different species inside the Eucalyptus genus are reported to cause numerous aversions while operating with this wood. These reactions could embrace eye irritation, nausea, and respiratory issues. therefore protecting gear ought to be provided to the wood employees to confirm their safety.

This wood species has not been listed within the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of threatened Species. the main reason for this is often} that the burls or the lignotuber that grows on these trees can be harvested while not cutting down the tree. This property of the tree makes this tree exceptionally sustainable.

 

Specification

 

Common Name(s)

This is also known by Yellow Box, yellow box, honey box, or yellow ironbark.

 

Scientific Name

Eucalyptus melliodora

 

Distribution 

Yellow Box timber ( Eucalyptus melliodora ) is a medium sized hardwood growing on the better soils of the tablelands and inland slopes in New South Wales, also found in Victoria and Queensland. This tree is native to and mostly harvested in Eastern Australia. On a more specific note the Yellow box is widely distributed on the eastern plains and tablelands from western Victoria, New South Wales, and up from the capital territory to south-central Queensland

 

Tree Size 

The tree can grow up to a height of about 65-100 ft (20-30 m) tall with a trunk diameter of about 2-3 ft (.6-1 m) and it forms a lignotuber.

 

Average Dried Weight

The average dried weight of this tree is about 67 lbs/ft3 (1,075 kg/m3).

 

Color and Appearance

The heartwood of the yellow box wood ranges from light pink to golden brown. It also has pale gray sapwood which is sharply demarcated from the heartwood. This wood is most commonly priced and used for its burl. But this wood also used sometimes as lumber for certain projects like building fences etc. This wood is not suited for furniture building and heavy wood works.

 

Grain and Texture

The yellow box wood has rough, flaky, or fibrous bark on part or all of the trunk, smooth greyish to yellowish bark above. This wood has a fascinating set of grain patterns that range from straight to interlocked patterns. Working in areas of straight grain patterns is relatively easier than working in areas of interlocked patterns as there is a chance that tearout may occur. The yellow box wood varies from a medium to coarse texture. The texture of this wood is sometimes referred to as moderately fine and even. It sometimes produces a beautiful fiddleback figure which adds to the pretty factor of the item made from it.

 

Workability

Yellow Boxwood tends to be somewhat difficult to work in flat dimensions, though it is very well suited for turning. Care must be taken while working with this wood as tearout can occur on pieces with irregular grain during planing and other machining operations. The Yellow Boxwood has a slight blunting effect on tools and cutters.

 

Odor

This wood does not produce any characteristic odor while harvesting or even while working with this wood.

 

Availability

This wood is generally available in the form of burl caps, sawn burl blocks, and small pieces of figured timber. Prices are rather high but on the same level as any other exotic woods. This wood species has not been listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species as the burls can be harvested without cutting down the tree and that makes this tree sustainable.

 

Common Uses

The yellow box wood is seen in the form of burl caps, sawn burl blocks, and small pieces of figured timber. It is used commonly for turned objects, knife, pen blanks and gun grips, and small specialty items. The lumber of this wood is harvested and used for outdoor projects such as fence posts and bridge parts but these are used in very little quantities comapred to its prices burls. The Eucalyptus melliodora is considered to be the best native tree for honey production. The honey produced has a delightful golden color and an excellent taste. The timber is pale brown, dense, and heavy (about 1100 kg/m3), resistant to decay, and has been used for sleepers, posts, poles, and bridges. It is not known as a furniture timber as this type of wood is not suitable for furniture building or any heavy wood projects. This wood makes very good firewood, But care should be taken as these should not be used unless these have been sourced from an energy plantation.

 

References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eucalyptus_melliodora

https://www.wood-database.com/yellow-box/

https://bfft.com.au/index.php/yellow-box-timber/

https://www.bellforestproducts.com/yellow-box-burl/

https://www.britannica.com/topic/boxwood-wood

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