Round keepsake box

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Project by Tom Godfrey posted 10-31-2012 09:21 AM 1387 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Some time back a friend gave me a end piece of aromatic red cedar. Put this on my lathe, starting turning not knowing what I was going to end up with. The log had a split so I had to work around that until most of the split was gone. Ended up with about a 5 inch diameter log.
This is one of three pieces I was able to get out of the log. It started as a round bird house and still may be but for now going to say its a keepsake box.
Fun working with. Still not happy with my finish product and taking pictures isn’t a strong point for me either.

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina ([email protected])

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#1 posted 10-31-2012 10:17 AM

Nice box Tom, and nicely turned, always risky with split logs, but be aware the timber will probably keep splitting, so what, it all adds to the character. It would most likely be the top that splits, the box, if the wall are turned thin enough would probably go miss-shaped. I have had several logs of Hawthorne given me that have been badly stored, they are full of splits and are very spalted. I will get something out of them when the mood takes me.

-- Bill, Nottingham. Remember its not waiting for the storm to end, but learning to dance in the rain that counts. If you dont make mistakes, you make nothing at all.

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#2 posted 10-31-2012 10:42 AM

Beautiful piece. I would leave it a keepsake box.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 10-31-2012 10:42 AM

TURNED out very nice!

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#4 posted 10-31-2012 12:50 PM

Another beauty. Love that red cedar!!.............Jim

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

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#5 posted 10-31-2012 03:22 PM

really nice piece tom, im a huge cedar fan and this type of project is one i miss as i dont have a lathe, but you did a good job here.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#6 posted 11-01-2012 01:56 AM

Very nice, you’re way ahead of me at turning Thomas.

-- Harry, Western Australia

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