Turned box

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Project by BillG posted 03-19-2018 03:49 PM 1092 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s been a while since I’ve posted any pictures. However, I’ve been busy and there are many items that I need to get posted. This particular project is my most recent. I had a nice block of mahogany and wanted to turn a decorative box. I decided to insert some segments into this block to add to the visual interest. I took the block and sawed opposing 45° angle cuts in the center of the four sides of the block at about 1/3rd of the cross section dimension (2” deep out of 6”). The block, when cut looked like an “X” or “+”. I then inserted one quarter-inch thick segments of quilted maple, macaranduba and pink ivory wood in alternating layers into the block and re-glued the mahogany cut-outs back in. I then turned the block into an apple shape on the lathe, parted off the lid, and hollowed both the lid and the body of the box. I then turned a pink ivory wood button to go on the top and carved the two leaves from Satinwood. All went together to provide this finished piece. I finished it with general finishes Enduro-var satin water-based finish. And rubbed it out with (0000) steel wool and wax. The outside dimensions of the finished box is 5 1/2 inches wide by 7 1/2 inches tall. The wife loved it.

-- Bill G - West Springfield, MA

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#1 posted 03-19-2018 04:49 PM

Very creative and well done, first class.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#2 posted 03-19-2018 07:46 PM

Quite complicated process but sure it paied off. Wonderful ’’apple’’ alike box.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 03-19-2018 09:44 PM

very nice love the leaves on the lid

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#4 posted 03-20-2018 01:41 AM

Very nice work, looks great.

-- Tom D

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#5 posted 03-20-2018 01:05 PM

Welll done. Great looking box. Good shape, good use of material to create a very interesting pattern. The carving of the leaves for the finial really sets it off. Would make a good cookie jar.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#6 posted 03-20-2018 02:02 PM

Super job. Looks very nice.

-- Julian

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