3 lidded Boxes From My Off Cut Bin.

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Project by Cliff posted 04-10-2021 11:35 AM 643 views 0 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been struggling with hollowing and after some practice have started to get a bit of a grasp on it.
Was getting catch after catch, but since finally setting up my Grinding Jig, Nice sharp Tools and a better degree of angle, my hollowing is showing a little improvement. Also the addition of a wonderful tool called the BEDAN.
It is a splendid cutting and hollowing tool. Bit like a Parting tool but much wider and the Bevel is on one side only.
I don’t know how I ever managed without the BEDAN….THANK YOU FOR PUTTING ME ON TO THE BEDAN JIM.
Life is much easier.

The 2 Dark coloured Boxes are finished with ORGANIC DANISH OIL. Not as Glossy as the Non Organic Oil, but not too bad, The Light Coloured Box is finished with CABOTS Bench Top food safe Varnish,
I am in Grave Danger of becoming Obsessed with Lidded Boxes…I find them fascinating when I see the Beautiful Lidded Boxes other Lumber Jocks produce, this encourages me to persevere with different shapes and sizes.

Kind regards….Happy and Safe Wood Working…...Cliff.

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

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Tom Regnier

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#1 posted 04-10-2021 11:41 AM

I’ve shied away from hollowing for the same reason…thanks for posting.

Nice work

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#2 posted 04-10-2021 11:44 AM

the bowls are lovely. Very well done. Especially like the handle as part of the top.

-- Ron

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#3 posted 04-10-2021 12:19 PM

Good on ya, mate!

-- You can lead a horse to water, but you can't tie his shoes. Blaze Foley

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#4 posted 04-10-2021 01:24 PM

For small lidded boxes 1.5 – 2.5”, I’ve found that my 3/8 spindle gouge makes pretty short work of the hollowing, and if sharp enough leaves a pretty good finish.
Just stick it straight into the center along the axis with the flute at about 10-O-Clock (45 degrees) and drill. Pivot it to the left (front of lathe) at the bottom and drag it back out.

Nice boxes. Keep having fun!

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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#5 posted 04-10-2021 02:25 PM

Nice handy practical boxes Cliff. Nice work. I really enjoy making these too. I remember the time where it seemed like the bedan was the only tool I used for everything. LOL.
The light colored one almost looks like apple.

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

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#6 posted 04-10-2021 04:15 PM

Those are really great. What’s not to like about them?

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#7 posted 04-10-2021 05:19 PM

Those really turned out nice…Great little projects…Beautiful wood…

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#8 posted 04-10-2021 05:24 PM

those are real nice boxes cliff thats on my list of things to turn next.thanks for the tip about the bedan,gotta check that out.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#9 posted 04-10-2021 05:29 PM

Thanks for sharing these.
The bedan sounds interesting.
These turned out great. Keep them coming.

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#10 posted 04-10-2021 08:14 PM

Beautiful work, and from scraps. NICE!!!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#11 posted 04-10-2021 10:34 PM

Those are some beauties, Cliff! Nice use of the cut offs. I have a room full you could have and turn for years.

Cheers, Jim

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

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#12 posted 04-11-2021 12:34 AM

So that goes to prove offcuts are just timber awaiting a project and Cliff you’ve certainly excelled with these beautiful boxes sir, top marks

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

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#13 posted 04-11-2021 05:16 AM

Tom Regnier
Thank you Tom. Just had a look at your Projects….You do Beautiful Work…....Regards…...Cliff.

Thank you Ron, I am very pleased that you like them. Regards…...Cliff.

Good on Ya Mate to you also Hairy. Regards…...Cliff.

Underdog. Thank you Jim, that’s a really good Tip. I will keep it in mind. Regards…...Cliff.

Hi Dave, thank you for the compliments. I don’t think I have actually seen Apple Wood. Tonight I’ll look for it on the net and have a good look….Regards…...Cliff.

Burly Bob.. Thank you Bob..Regards…...Cliff.

Thank you Jack. Glad you liked them. Regards…...Cliff.

Thank you pottz. very kind of you. Regards…...Cliff.

Mr Wolf. I am really glad that you liked them Mr Wolf. I think you would like the BEDAN, its a Great Tool. Regards…...Cliff.

Thank you..Regards…...Cliff.

Hi Jim. Thank you. If I lived nearby I would certainly enjoy a Bag Full of Of Off Cuts. There is something about wood. its always too good to chuck out…..Regards…...Cliff.

CROWIE…Thanks Peter.So glad you like them,...Regards…...Cliff.

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

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#14 posted 04-11-2021 11:02 AM

Nice lidded boxes Cliff...

I’m not a turner and this neat little hybrid of boxes and bowls is not going to convince me to surrender to my dark side.

However, I’m sure I’m not the the only one that has never heard of a bedan... maybe a review and it’s use wouldn’t go astray.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#15 posted 04-12-2021 03:21 AM

Great looking boxes. I do a little turning but haven’t looked at the Bedan yet. May have to in the near future. Thanks for showing. Mike

-- MEL, Kansas

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