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Project by Cliff posted 01-18-2021 10:50 AM 768 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A Good Neighbour I have known for Donkeys Years, gave me a chunk of Hard Wood from an Old Fence Post.
So I have made a Lidded Box for him.

It is 3 1/2 inches high and 3 1/2 inches wide. I have a lot of trouble with hollowing. I use a Forstener Bit and enlarge the hole from there with a large parting chisel…BEDAN CHISEL…this is a really great tool, but I would love to develop the skill of being able to do end grain hollowing with a Spindle Gouge. It looks easy on a video but in practice not so easy…so I guess just keep trying !!!!

The Box is finished with 3 coats of Bench Top Varnish and rubbed between each coat with 0000 Steel Wool.

Kind regards,


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

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#1 posted 01-18-2021 02:38 PM

I never would of known that was at one time a fence post. Your neighbor will be surprised. Looks good and nice finish. Till this day I still occasionally have problems with some grain when I hollow out. I have a hollower now but I agree they make it look so easy on a video with a gouge. Nice job Cliff.

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

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#2 posted 01-18-2021 04:56 PM

The fence posts must be quite durable, the box looks real good!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#3 posted 01-18-2021 05:38 PM

Looks great., Hollowing into end grain is never very easy. The new carbide cutting tools make things a bit easier, super sharp.


-- Mark B. Glenn Dale, MD

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#4 posted 01-18-2021 08:08 PM

Good old Aussie hardwood, you can’t beat it for colour and grain. Nicely done Cliff.

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

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#5 posted 01-18-2021 09:17 PM

doubleDD Thanks Dave….Yes the chunk of wood was a rough looking piece and hard as a rock. Probably making hollowing even more difficult. But hopefully practice will improve the hollowing skills.


John Thank you John, glad you like it. In Australia we have some very Hard Woods. I guess the hot harsh climate here caused our hardwoods to evolve with the climate.


Maro2Bear Thanks Mark. Thanks also for the link regarding carbide cutters. Ill have a look at that tonight.


Crowie Thank you Peter… Glad you like “Good Old Aussie Hard Wood” It usually has a nice close and tight grain and sometimes lovely colours and swirls. It would also always look great on your Car and Truck projects.


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

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Bob Collins

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#6 posted 01-18-2021 11:34 PM

Nice work Cliff, great finish on a nice piece of hardwood.

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

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Jim Jakosh

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#7 posted 01-19-2021 04:03 AM

Nice work, Cliff. That is a good use of that post. If you want a square corner in the bottom, you can hollow the whole thing out with just the bedan!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#8 posted 01-19-2021 04:45 AM

Great looking box. I haven’t made one yet, may have to try it some day. Excellent job. Mike

-- MEL, Kansas

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#9 posted 01-19-2021 04:58 AM

Nice piece… keep turning.

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#10 posted 01-19-2021 10:54 AM

Thanks Bob….I love working with good Australian Hard Wood, I just need to develop more skills with Turning.
Particularly the Hollowing. But it is all good fun. I hope you are Okay down South. We had a bit of a scare and had a 3 day lock down. But all good now hopefully.


Hi Jim, Thank you. If I hollow the whole lot out with the Bedan, would I need to drill a Forstener Bit First and then go down the shoulder gradually to widen the hole to the desired width?
I got a few shudders and shakes with the Bedan and it scared the daylights out of me. Maybe I had the angle wrong. I had raised the tool rest so that to achieve a centre point with the Bedan I was pointing down on the centre.


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

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#11 posted 01-19-2021 11:00 AM

Hi Mike,
Thank you for your nice comments. I think you would enjoy making a lidded Box…I will look forward to seeing one that you make.


Moving Chips….Thank you for liking the Box…....Regards…...Cliff

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

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