Turned Boxes - No Chuck

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Project by Mauricio posted 05-14-2016 04:52 PM 1233 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are my first attempts at turning boxes.

I first practiced on the poplar piece and then made the two sapele pieces.

I had an idea on how to accomplish this with no chuck, all I have is an old craftsman tube lathe and a face plate with screw holes in it to secure the work piece.

I’m not sure if I invented this (probably not) and I’m not sure if its safe so use your best judgment.

-Screw your block onto the face plate with 3x #6 3/4” screws. These penetrate only 1/2” into the block
-Make a cylinder or whatever shape you like.
-With a parting tool, form the lip/plug of the lid. right below that use the parting tool to cut off the lid, now you have a plug, just carve out the lip of the box to fit that plug.
-Carve out the inside of the box ( I used home made carbide lathe tools)
-If you make the lid fit snugly at first, then you can put it back on and sand and shellac it right on the lathe.
-Finish carving out the inside if you haven’t already and then ease up the fit around the lip so the lid can make a nice friction fit.
-Dont worry bout the screw holes on the bottom, no one turns the box around to look at the bottom, or cares about those screw holes.

That’s it, dirt simple and people love them! Took me about an hour to make one and I think I can make it faster with practice.

Have fun! Thanks for looking.


-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#1 posted 05-14-2016 05:01 PM

Very nice Mauricio.

-- Paul, Duvall, WA

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#2 posted 05-14-2016 07:52 PM

They look as though you had done this many times.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#3 posted 05-14-2016 08:56 PM

Good job Maur, what size are they? It seems like you could make some salt and pepper shakers using that technique.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#4 posted 05-15-2016 02:04 PM

Thanks for the comments guys.

Duck, they are about 3.5” wide. I guess you could do that same for salt shackers, you could glue on the top and put a plug on the bottom.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#5 posted 05-15-2016 03:23 PM

That came out beautifully Mauricio!

-- ~Tony

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#6 posted 05-17-2016 05:24 AM



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