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Project by SimWa posted 02-19-2015 09:54 PM 2269 views 14 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A little keepsake I made a few years back, when I was just a student in the workshop where I worked.

I had seen several video’s on YouTube on how to make boxes using a lathe and veneer.
Finding a small Wenge stick in the workshop inspired me te make this in combination with a small sheet of LignaFlex veneer. The LignaFlex looks like root-veneer, but actually it is just laminated beech with a paper backing.
For finish I gently rubbed some linseedoil on it with a cotton cloth.
My first project on a lathe! It worked out quite nice.

I have made some other stuff on the lathe, but I gave everything away and lost the photo’s, so I’m glad I can share this with you here.

Let me know what you think of it!

-- Wood lives even when the tree has died

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#1 posted 02-19-2015 10:41 PM

It did work out nice. I like it – especially the contrast between the woods. Quite elegant.

Careful now with the lathe — it’s easy to get hooked, if you know what I mean.

-- Howard - "Time spent making sawdust is not deducted from one's lifetime." - old Scottish proverb

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#2 posted 02-20-2015 02:31 AM

What a nice idea! I showed it to my wife – now I think I’ll have to make one ;)

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 02-20-2015 04:47 AM

SimWa, I like this design. the spool built into the lid/stopper is especially clever. I wonder what else you could build with this concept? Would it work if it were 6 inches in diameter and three inches deep? A friend of mine makes Harry Potter wands…I could see it being a great, easy-to-make case for those. If you started with a paper tube could you glue the veneer to the tube and make a stronger box? Do you think it would work with a plastic plumbing pipe for the core? Wow, lots of possibilities. What do you think?

-- Big Al in IN

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#4 posted 02-20-2015 12:13 PM

Thanks for the nice comments. Glad to hear some people like it.

I think this concept would work on larger dimendions as well. I used Lignaflex, not Lignapal, but they are both just brand names.

It comes with it’s own paper backing on the veneer. I used this because of the small diameter of my work.
For larger diameters I think two layers of veneer glued to eachother would do. Mind the grain direction though.

I tried to look for the video’s on YouTube, but I can’t find them. Next time I think it’s best if I save them.
I hope this helped you a bit.

-- Wood lives even when the tree has died

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#5 posted 02-20-2015 05:27 PM

Very kewl I dig it

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#6 posted 02-20-2015 05:44 PM

That looks like it would be a fun project and it could be used for a lot of small things.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#7 posted 02-20-2015 06:59 PM

Good idea, nice design …

-- Lathe and my imagination will do everything to realize my dreams...Vanzemaljac

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