Oak Box With Walnut Spire

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Project by scrappy posted 10-25-2009 04:50 AM 1737 views 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a small Oak Box I turned with a BloodWood lid and Walnut finial. Box is 3 inch diam X 1 1/8 tall. Spire is 2 inch tall and 1/8 inch diam in center section.

Trying to get a little more delicate with the finials. Practice for Christmass ornaments.

Turned bottom of lid first, drilled hole and mounted blank for finial. Then used a JAM chuck to hold lid with finial in it and turned as one piece. Started at tip of finial and worked my way back,(thank you ToyGuy for the tip) Leaving the fnial big as I worked back towards the lid help to avoid flexing and alloud me to go smaller on the shaft section.

No finish on this piece. Sanded to 400 grit and polished with white diamond compound and cotton t-shirt.

Please leave all comments and suggestions. Good or bad.

Thank you for looking.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#1 posted 10-25-2009 04:54 AM

Cool turning Scrappy

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#2 posted 10-25-2009 05:09 AM

Scrappy it came out great. I like the shape of the spire you chose. Couldnt you get the spire smaller than 1/8” :)

Fantastic work

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#3 posted 10-25-2009 05:33 AM

Looks good. I just bought Raffan’s book on turning boxes and also Chris Stott’s on 50 box designs. Hope to be at that skill level some day. By the way, which lathe do you use? David

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#4 posted 10-25-2009 05:42 AM

Love it! Looks great!

-- John in Arizona (but it's a dry heat!)

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#5 posted 10-25-2009 07:00 AM

Thanks Evryone.

jd3020, David I use an 1970’s 149series Craftsman. (the one with 2 pipes for a bed) 12X41 Spindle lathe.

Inovator, I have another spire turned that is 4 inch long and the entire legth is just under 1/8. haha

Will be on a box soon.

Thanks Again.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#6 posted 10-25-2009 08:26 AM

Very neat turning… how much stuff can you squeeze in this box?

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#7 posted 10-25-2009 10:57 AM

Nice job with the finial, and the box : )


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#8 posted 10-25-2009 02:49 PM

Looking good Scrappy…...... Finials are a lot of fun, but can be a bit frustrating at times. The more you do the better they will get. Keep the chips flying.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#9 posted 10-25-2009 02:54 PM

Scrappy that is a fine looking box and you did a great job delicate finial. I’m going to have to learn that next to keep up with you : )

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#10 posted 10-25-2009 03:43 PM

Boxes are tough. Finials are even tougher. Here is what I would offer as advice for your next box:

1.) Simplify. The box and lid can be the same wood. The finial can be your “flair”. If there are three different woods, they all fight with each other.

2.) Simplify. The Box and the lid can be very simple, clean forms. Once again, use the finial for flaiir. If every piece has beads and coves, it all mushes together and gets lost. A simple box with a nice finial makes the final stand out, but it also accentuates the clean line of the box.

3.) Proportion. Every piece of a box needs to relate in proportion to the other pieces too. The rule of thirds really helps. If you make the box bottom 2”x2”, the top would be 1”x2” or 1/3 of the over all height of the box. The finial would be 1.5” or so of the the 3” box height, adding another 1/3 to the overall form…

If you look at all of the boxes that you’ve ever lusted after, they all follow a rule similar to this…

-- Steven

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#11 posted 10-25-2009 04:25 PM

I like it a lot Scrappy, and I also like the tips that StevenAntonucci offered to us : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#12 posted 10-25-2009 04:41 PM

Scrappy,yours box is nice…


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#13 posted 10-25-2009 05:09 PM

Real nice box Scrappy. It looks like you are becoming an artist as well as a turner. Keep em comin.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#14 posted 10-25-2009 05:23 PM

Hey Scrappy, I am loving this project.
When we meet I would like to talk more about this project. Have a Blessed Day!

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#15 posted 10-26-2009 01:26 AM

Really nice piece, looks great, well done!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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