Turned Boxes, Jars, Tea caddy's. First attempt.

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Project by Sman posted 12-28-2011 08:35 PM 1825 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are 4 different jar things with lids, my father was looking at Japanese Tea caddies on ebay but they are 50-100 dollars each and ship from japan, so he commissioned me to make him one and make a set to give away to his friends.

The first picture is actually the last one I made, it was quite a bit better than the others IMO. In the third pic are the first 3 starting from the left, the first two on the left need the lids fitted better and so they still have the bottom tenons to allow for easy attachment to the lathe. The one on the right (3rd pic) is done and so is the one from the first picture.

I used an antler stopper, it was fun putting it on the lathe and making something useful from a piece of antler I found in the woods.

I’m happy with all of them because he only wanted “Something unique, and well crafted” and so far the two that are done are impeccable, a few places with torn grain that I could not remove (I tried 36 grit with a high powered orbital and all I made was a flat spot with torn grain in it).

Honestly the antler lid fits beyond perfect, I am amazed.

Thanks for looking, I would love to hear advice/suggestions.

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#1 posted 12-28-2011 08:45 PM

A cool group of turnings great job.


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#2 posted 12-28-2011 09:03 PM

You don’t need to hear advice or comments you need to keep creating ! Interior “mini chunk-outs happen to everyone & are to be shrugged away ! I once won an award in a show judged by other turners with a small cherry vessel that had been attacked by the chunk-out monster close to the bottom. It was about 1/8” thick & I didn’t have the courage to try to sand anymore than I already had. took the prize anyway… moral of story… miscues are part of the process …perfection is not… your work is gorgeous…never apologize or point out flaws…there are enough little people out there willing to do that ! Keep creating as long as you want to !

don s. [email protected] studio havana fl.

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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#3 posted 12-28-2011 10:14 PM

Thanks for the support Jim and Porchfish!

I have done so many projects that came out well (much better than they should have with my level of skill, call them beginners luck) but I didn’t have a camera or couldn’t be bothered to pick it up. Now they are all sold, broken, gifted or exchanged for heat in a fireplace. Maybe in a few decades I will see one of them again and it will really blow my mind.

This site is great for keeping a portfolio of your work. Whether that’s good or bad for an amateur I’m not sure….at least it might have some nostalgic value later.

Your award winning piece sounds like a lot of stuff I make, Maybe I should just leave my pieces rough, there are those times when sanding just adds scratch lines to an already acceptable surface.

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#4 posted 12-29-2011 12:55 AM

Great work. I spent this week playing with my lathe for the first time. I especially like the jar in picture 1. Nice shape. colouriongof the wood and use of the natural “flaw” in the wood.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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