Dresser Box for My Daughter

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Project by OttoH posted 12-26-2010 04:14 PM 2118 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I turned this dresser box for my daughter out of a chunk of 6 ½ inch square Brazilian Cherry, she has been needing something to keep her daily items in. Because I have hobby grade woodworking equipment it was a challenge to cut into three sections because my Craftsman Band Saw is not big enough to cut the box. I wound up cutting it on the lathe at 450 RPM with a miter saw, I held the saw tightly on both ends and slowly lowered it into the box until it separated. I have a few coats of paste wax on the box to protect it and give it a shine.

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#1 posted 12-26-2010 04:16 PM

Hey Otto,
That is a really nice piece.
I just love cherry.
And sometimes, you just gotta git ‘er done. Good job.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#2 posted 12-26-2010 04:20 PM

Hobby grade? Very nice, I bet she loves it.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#3 posted 12-26-2010 04:44 PM

Great looking box. As a fairly new turner, I’ve been wanting to do a lidded box… I just have not gotten to it yet.

I’m curious about your comment that your band saw was not big enough to cut it. I thought the preferred method was to do it on the lathe, but with a thin parting tool like the one below. By the way, you can pick up one of these pretty cheap if you don’t have one.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 12-26-2010 05:05 PM

Charlie, I am very new to wood turning and have only been at it for about one month now. I was afraid that if I used a parting tool on the project that it might not have cut straight and I was unsure how it would handle a 6 ½ inch diameter hard Brazilian Cherry blank. I have much to learn about using a lathe, and am planning on going to a meeting of a turning club here in the Houston area that meets on the third Saturday of every month. I guess I just do not know enough about it yet to do it in the most proficient manner, but I sure am going to learn! That is the great part about this hobby, there is always something new to try!

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#5 posted 12-26-2010 05:29 PM

For someone just starting out you’re off to a great start. That piece is beautiful. If the wood turning club down there has the same quality of folks as members that the club I belong to here does then you’re going to learn a lot from them. As I said, you’re off to a great start. A warning though: Woodturning is quite addicitive.

-- Darell, Norman, Ok.

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#6 posted 12-26-2010 05:56 PM

Nice turning!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#7 posted 12-26-2010 06:11 PM

That’s a nice box. I can’t wait to see what you turn out after you’ve had more time to practice other methods.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#8 posted 12-26-2010 11:36 PM

That’s a very nice box. Well done.

I’m a little startled by how you cut this box into sections. Lowering a saw onto a piece of wood that is spinning on the lathe does not sound like a good idea to me, but I can’t argue with the end result.

Here’s my theory about saws and lathes. A saw blade has teeth and gullets between the teeth. In any normal sawing situation the teeth and gullets are constantly going in and out of the wood. When in the wood the teeth cut and the gullets fill with wood particles. When out of the wood, the gullets release the wood particles and clear out in preparation for the next iteration.

In your situation, the gullets would never have a chance to clear out their wood particles because the teeth and gullets are constantly in the wood. It just does not seem like you can get a clean cut that way but, once again, I can’t argue with the end result.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#9 posted 12-27-2010 12:17 AM

Rich, thanks for your concern, I neglected to state that when I was lowering the saw I was moving it back and forth in order to clear out the teeth, I just made sure that I did it slowly so that if would not catch or twist or cause danger, it seemed to work okay as long as I had my lathe on the slowest setting. Of course my lathe is also bolted to a very sturdy 2×4 table whose top is made up of twelve 3 foot long 2×4’s glued together and is heavy enough to ensure that the lathe does not move about at all. I am a degreed Industrial Engineer and try to make sure that everything I do, I do in the safest way possible.

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#10 posted 12-27-2010 06:23 AM

Very nice box. Great design and execution. Sure she loves it.

It never hurts to attempt new skills. Just try to keep it as safe as possible. (sounds like you did) Trying new things is how we learn new things.

Keep it up.


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

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#11 posted 12-30-2010 02:10 AM

Well done !!
I can’t believe that you were able to get such perfect results using a saw like that : )

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

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