Lidded Boxes #12: Turned an Actual Lidded Box

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Blog entry by HappyHowie posted 12-16-2016 02:12 AM 1170 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I moved onto turning lidded boxes today. After parting a lid from the hard maple block, I mounted a bubinga block to shape and then part its lid.

With the lid parted I first worked on the the mortise that will fit into over the male tenon on the base of this box. The tenon will be made in the next step. I used a bowl gouge to hollow out the inside of the lid.

I cut the mortise on the lid and then cut the tenon on the base so the two pieces can be fitted together. It is a nice feeling when you get these pieces fitting together nicely.

I used a saw to cut the glue chuck free from the base.

With the base placed into my Nova four jaw chuck, I decided to hollow out the base with a 2” Forstner bit. I measured how deep I wanted to hollow out and marked the Forstner bit with a red Sharpie pen.

I used an angled gouge to hollow a bit more material inside the base beyond what I got hollowed with the Forstner bit.

Now with the lid fastened to the base and using my tail stock, I used a spindle bowl gouge to shape the outside of the lidded box.

I sanded the box; both the outside and the inside surfaces. Then I applied some Zinsser seal coat. Afterward I buffed on some carnauba wax.

I parred off the top nub from the lid My next step will be to work and complete the foot to this lidded box. However, I will do the foot work when I have all three lidded box ready for that task. Tomorrow I will complete the remaining two lidded boxes.

-- --- Happy Howie

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