Small Lidded Boxes - Turning Projects

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Project by Shawn Herrington posted 12-01-2014 07:28 AM 2184 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As part of my ongoing self-guided lathe education (read constantly wrapping my knuckles on the spinning chuck and trying to pick errant shavings out of my ears), I tasked myself with creating lidded boxes with matching grain.

Both boxes are made from the leftover walnut from this project, and this project. I know walnut is renowned for the dark color but I really love the contrast of the light sapwood. Both of these pieces prominently feature sapwood.

I had previously turned a lidded acorn box, so the process was not unfamiliar, although keeping the lid oriented correctly to achieve the grain match requires a little bit more planning than the acorn.

I have been wanting to make a thin-kerf parting tool for some time now so I made one for this project. I unceremoniously ground a cutting edge onto a salvaged kitchen knife and in my rush to get turning, neglected to grind the-still sharp-serrated teeth off of the knife blade. The knife/tool worked very well and I survived without slicing up my hands. Making a proper tool is now officially on my growing list of things to do.

The “finial” if you can even call it that, on the second box did not really come out at all like I had hoped. I was hoping to achieve a much smaller, lighter and more elegant handle but since the handle is ugly, I’m calling it a proof of concept. Version 2.0 will be fancier and probably made of Ebony (not scrap bin laminated red oak).

Both boxes were finished with spray lacquer because it is quick and easy.

P.S. Does it bother anyone else that they are called “boxes” even though they are round?

-- -Shawn

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#1 posted 12-01-2014 10:39 PM

beautiful small parts,thanks for sharing

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#2 posted 12-02-2014 01:30 AM

I am bothered by it

-- "When it comes to working on stuff, buying more tools usually helps" - Matthew Eye

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#3 posted 01-15-2017 08:21 PM

All of these boxes are beautiful. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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