Lidded Boxes #13: Soft Maple Lidded Box

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Blog entry by HappyHowie posted 12-17-2016 05:21 AM 883 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I turned another lidded box today. It was from a large block of soft maple.

I have some more sanding to do on its very top; the box’s lid. This spot is where I turned the top to a small nub. I chose to remove the nub with a hand saw. I then cleaned up the remaining wood with a sharp hand chisel. Tomorrow I will sand it more through several grades of grit.

The last lidded box that I hope to work on tomorrow is African mahogany. I did work on it some today. I bored through the centers in the lid and base with a large Forstner bit. Actually, I preceded that with a 3/8 inch drill bit to the depth I premeasured. So I believe I have most of the hard work done. I wanted to be fresh mentally and physically when I start turning the lid’s tenon and the base’s mortise; I want these boxes to fit nicely.

Some turners call these vessels “boxes” and I have heard others call them “containers”. I am new at turning so I am not sure what the correct term should be. I have chosen to call them “lidded boxes”. If someone on this site knows the correct naming convention, then I am ready to be taught.

I “burned” a ring around my box where the lid connects to its base. I did this by pressing a taut wire in that crack or seam. The wire I used was just a scrap piece or length of insulated wire. I stripped it except for about two inches on one end. The wire was threaded; not a solid core. From holding the wire taut as I pressed it into this crack, the friction literally heated up the wire so it left a perfect burnt ring.

I heard a professional turner say that we should celebrate these joints instead of concealing them. So this ring is my celebration. Actually, it is a great feeling when you have successfully joined a lid to its base.

Note: With every bowl and box I am presently turning, I am waiting to finish their feet so I can use the same process all at once. I have a small jig that will be used like a jam chuck. Thus I don’t have to mess with this device until all of the bowls and boxes are turned and ready to have their feet finished. Further, I may also configure buffing wheels on my lathe so I can touch up these vessels further—to enhance or improve their finish wax coat.

-- --- Happy Howie

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