Wooden Trinket Box on the Lathe

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Blog entry by AlexHarris posted 03-12-2011 12:21 AM 3021 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello agian you Lumber Jocks,

Today I did a quick little trincket box project that was a lot of fun on the lathe.

This project has a basic stage process which means you can produce a box on the lathe without having a chuck. By creating a friction fit on the lid you can turn the lid as if is was part wood still mounted to th lathe.

Althoug this is a simple box with a little imagination this box could be made really exciting.

To see the video on youtube where you can watch the process of creating this box on the lathe click on the link bellow:

-- Alex -

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#1 posted 03-12-2011 02:09 AM

Nice job on the box and congrats on the partnership.

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#2 posted 03-12-2011 03:30 PM

Nice box, good work and a great video too Alex.

Another way to do the same type of lid is to make your lid cut by using your parting tool to cut into the workpiece at the bottom of your lid. Make a grove width slightly more than twice the width of your parting tool to the depth that gives you the desired diameter of your tenon. Continue parting it off on the groove half nearest the box bottom leaving just a slight tenon as a guide to hollowing out the bottom to your lid tenon size.

You can also use the same technique to make the tenon on the box bottom and then also hollow out the lid. Either way, the result is that the grain on your lid will match the box bottom nicely.

This method is not necessarily better, just a different approach that is good to know about in case you haven’t tried it yet. I hope my explanation was coherent. Looking forward to new videos!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 03-13-2011 05:44 AM

Sweet job. BTW, Alex: you can copy YouTube’s embed code and paste it right into your LJ blog post to display the video here. (Partner ads and view counts still register on YouTube)

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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