Boxelder Live Edge Frame

Making a Boxelder Live Edge Frame

live edge frame

Here is a completed picture of the Boxelder live edge frame we made.


This project was more complicated than I thought it would be.  We started by making a prototype of the cut on our X-Carve CNC machine.

prototype live edge

Here you can see the test was successful.  The outside is cut a few 1/10ths of an inch larger than 8×10 for the glass to fit.  A ledge was created for the glass, picture and backing.


Sounds easy enough, right?

cut live edge

We started to cut out the boxelder the same we did the test.  Well the test was on plywood and the boxelder was much more dense than the plywood.  This cause me to burn the bit and dulled it right away.  Could only take it so far with this bit.  Unfortunately, it was the only 1/4 inch bit I had.  I finished this with a drill and a jig saw.


live edge side live edge frame live edge side2

After some sanding to remove some burn marks and a coat of Tung Oil, it came out pretty!


We will be putting these up on our Etsy site.