Maple and walnut turned box

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Project by NaptownWood posted 01-22-2014 07:44 PM 1026 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The bottom vessel is maple and the lid is as well, with a walnut finial on top. Its about 7” high, and 3” wide.

The base of the lid is darker because it was cutting through the end grain and small enough that i could only get a 1/4” gouge in there to smooth it, and didnt do a very good job. I now know that part of my turning needs practice. I need to get a technique for doing end grain well.

The lid just has some oil and wax on it, but the bottom has a few coats of spray laquer.

Any tips for cleaning up end grain on the lathe would be appreciated.

Thanks for looking

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#1 posted 01-22-2014 08:49 PM

Nice little box, end grain can test your skill alright :)
Try practicing by getting the speed right up & using a skew point first facing slightly down & “slice” the wood with one smooth cut, there are also other ways possibly better depending on the wood but a bit difficult to detail in print.
well done

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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Glen Peterson

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#2 posted 01-23-2014 01:47 AM

I tend to use scrapers on the end grain of boxes. High speed and very light cuts can give me an almost finished surface. Your doing nice work for a relatively new turner. This winter I’ve been making lots of turned boxes. I’ve been working on making suction fitting lids. Keep turning.

-- Glen

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