Small Lidded Boxes From Scrap Wood

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Project by Cliff posted 05-15-2019 12:29 AM 391 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have heaps of scrap wood I cant bear to part with. So my plan is from time to time, try and use these “Bits & Pieces” for small projects.
This Project resulted in Four Small Lidded Boxes. The Largest is 2 inches Deep and 1 3/4 inch Diameter.
The smallest being 1 3/4 inches Deep and 1 1/2 inches Diameter.

One of them is Silky Oak, but I don’t know what the other woods are.
These were turned on my Big lathe, but having bought a Mini Lathe recently, that’s the Lathe I should have used.
The Boxes are finished with 4 coats of Danish Oil. Rubbed between coats with very fine Steel Wool. I always wear a dust mask when using steel wool.

Kind regards,


-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#1 posted 05-15-2019 12:49 AM

Pretty little boxes Cliff.
I want to take exception on your “scarps” statement;
it’s all good useful offcuts and small pieces awaiting a project, which sir you have done beautifully.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#2 posted 05-15-2019 01:08 AM

Great way to spend the day playing with your scraps. nice work Cliff. That first one looks like Marblewood.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 05-15-2019 01:23 AM

Nice work there Cliff,

The silky Oak one is recognisable and the others regardless of their genus all look great.
I have never tried to polish silky oak, so as I also have a few scraps (opps did I say that) so I will do a few finishing test on it and report back witj my results..

Fine steel wool, I am assuming thats 0000?
One of the boxes looks a bit like rosewood but you would have found that out when you turned it.

-- Regards Rob

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#4 posted 05-15-2019 04:23 AM

Nice boxes. If you started with “scrap” that is truly a pigs ear to a silk purse story.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#5 posted 05-15-2019 05:18 AM

Cool boxes , cliff…no wood is wasted.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 05-15-2019 05:56 AM

Nice,cute,little boxes. Very well turned.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 05-15-2019 06:26 AM

Very nice Cliff, a great variety of boxes. cool way to use up your so called scraps.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#8 posted 05-15-2019 11:16 AM

Good on ya, mate!

-- My reality check bounced...

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#9 posted 05-16-2019 12:28 AM

Never Again Will I use Such Vile Language as calling bits of Wood ,” SCRAPS” Very Insensitive Of Me.
Perhaps they should be referred to as …Choice Off Cuts Awaiting Next Project. Ha Ha Ha .

Thank you for your nice comments regarding the Lidded Boxes.


Dave… Thank You…...It was a very pleasant day in the shop and It was a skill building exercise that I feel taught me something . As a Novice Turner, there are heaps of Techniques I am attempting to try and Turn smoothly without catches.


G’day Rob. Thank you for the compliments. Yes if you have some SCRAPS…Oh Dear!!!! ( I Mean Choice Off Cuts) Of Silky Oak I believe it would respond well to a nice finish.. Danish Oil seems to be compatible, so maybe other means of finish could be a good result also.



therealSteven…...Thank you for the Nice Compliments.



G’day Jim. Thank you.



Ivan… Thank you very much…Regards….Cliff.

G’day Bob. Thanks for your nice comments and encouragement.

Regards, Cliff

Hairy….I see you have learnt AUSTRALIAN TALK…..Well done.

Good on ya mate to you too.!!!!!



-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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