I have made Christmas gifts in my woodshop the past two years. This year I intend to turn gifts on my small lathe which itself was a gift from my neighbor James Warner. His wife Susan told me that he would have wanted me to have it. So I will be turning small bowls and small lidded boxes this year.
What you see here is my practice piece turning a lidded box. I am using a scrap block of Douglas Fir. This piece is large enough so I can make and fit a tenon into my four jaw chuck.
Can you tell which part will be the lid?
So far I have made tenons on each of the two parts.
My next step will be to chuck the lid’s tenon into my so I can hollow out its center. I will match the box’s bottom to fit the lid. Their mating walls will be straight so hopefully they will fit snuggly.
I will also begin giving the box it’s curved shape.
From the original scrap block, I should be able to make one more test lidded box,
-- --- Happy Howie