Shrink Boxes #1: Interesting Ancient technique

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Blog entry by ralbuck posted 11-19-2019 07:56 PM 709 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I found a very interesting article in Woods Reader magazine, about making “shrink Boxes”.

I thought that I will share the source in case someone is interested.

I was surprised and very pleased with this magazine.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#1 posted 11-19-2019 09:11 PM

Reading about it on that site requires a subscription, but this article doesn’t.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#2 posted 11-19-2019 10:57 PM

Oh yeah! I’ve seen these before. If only there was time to try all the cool things…

-- Pete

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#3 posted 11-20-2019 01:27 AM

Green wood turning Though they are called boxes, these containers are typically cylindrical in shape because they are usually made from hollowed tree branches. Centuries ago, the Vikings made tight fitting lids for shrink boxes and used them for storing salt and spices.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#4 posted 11-23-2019 01:18 PM

I’m glad you brought this up. This is a great technique that work very well. I posted a beer tankard project describing my use of this method here back in 2009. It is worth mentioning that this method only works with green wood end grain turned work pieces. I do think it is only worth doing when the container will be filled with liquid. I had great success with just turning dado (not a ‘V’) inside on the bottom and then turning a bottom out of dry hard wood to the diameter of the opening. It was totally water tight after the shrinking. I think doing the ‘V’ cuts on the inside and around the bottom piece would be more work without adding a lot of value.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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