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Blog entry by David Craig posted 1535 days ago 4188 reads 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

More homework from the woodturning school -

After making a couple bowls with Mike, I have been attempting to get a little more familiar with my HF lathe at home. This time, I thought I would give turning a small lidded vessel a try. When I first made attempts to turn on the lathe (a couple of years ago), I experimented with shapes. Mostly exercises to try to understand the turning tools and what they can or cannot do. One such object I kept on the bookshelf because it looked interesting to me and I thought I might do something with it someday.

shaped turning

Giving it a look over, I thought the top portion might made a good ring box so I chucked it on the lathe, shaped it a little, and parted off a lid.

parted lid

Next step was to add a tenon, then work on hollowing the base of the vessel,while it was still part of the larger piece, then I parted it off after it was hollowed.

ring box base

After the bottom was parted off, I used double sided duct tape and stuck the lid on to the remaining piece so I could hollow out the lid to fit the tenon on the base.

hollowing out lid

Now, both lid and base are hollowed and ready to go together -

hollowed out base and lid

Now, both lid and base are sized appropriately. Only thing left to do is attach the lid on the base and shape it a little more and add the finish -

ring box with lid attached

It was a rather fun project to do for a few hours. I liked the challenge and working with a smaller piece. It is unfortunate that I could not capture the grain in the pic. The Maple grain is extremely wild and I really like the look of it. It will show up better when the finish is applied.

Thanks for viewing,

David

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.



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#1 posted 1534 days ago

great job

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#2 posted 1534 days ago

you realy comes after it David looking good

Dennis

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#3 posted 1534 days ago

Real nice turning David. I havent tryed doing friction fitted boxes yet. There is a friend that I might from going into WC. I have been wanting to pick his mind for any tricks in making one. I do have a book on it. But sometimes my brain takes a while to get there due to the damage that is there..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#4 posted 1534 days ago

You need your diploma from MSW. Nicely done

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#5 posted 1534 days ago

Nice box David, You gotta learn the terms now! LOL Can’t wait to see your BOX when it’s finished. Nice form though.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#6 posted 1534 days ago

Looks good, David, you folks will get me into turning yet….....................

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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jockmike2

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#7 posted 1534 days ago

Well Doc. there’s no time like the present. If you are anything like most of us and like instant gratification, then this is for you. Throw a piece of wood on the Lathe after breakfast, by suppertime you have a Michaelgigalo. You know, that famous artist.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#8 posted 1534 days ago

Michael(gigalo) I love that. Not sure if he made any bowls, but I am sure most of the ladies would have said he was a GREAT artist :)

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#9 posted 1534 days ago

All
I do remember wood turning in high school, and it was fun, what little I did. Once the shop reorg is further along, I should have the room. But not soon.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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jockmike2

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#10 posted 1534 days ago

Well, don’t you remember how the ladies used to chase you around on the playground when and after you used the lathe?

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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David Craig

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#11 posted 1534 days ago

I seem to remember being chased on the playground by girls wielding baseball bats. They were probably made on a lathe so maybe there is a connection somewhere…

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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David Craig

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#12 posted 1534 days ago

Thanks all for the kind comments on my BOX (I am now enrolled in Mike’s school of woodworking terminology and coffee house :)

Jim – I understand the space issues. Might look at those Rikon or Jet mini-lathes. They don’t occupy much space so you won’t require a major re-org, just a little one :) Then you can look forward to the day when your wife bats her eyes and mentions something about a centerpiece, a candlestick holder, or a box with a pretty ring in it. Or, she might just ask you if you have a pen, then you could run down the basement and turn one for her :)

Rick – From what I hear, I am not the only one waiting on the diploma. Look forward to seeing more of your turnings.

Tim (Eagle1) – I looked at some of your projects. Nice turnings and I am glad you found a way back into woodworking. Hang in there.

Dennis and A1Jim – Thanks for the encouragement. It definitely helps keep me going and trying new things. Otherwise, I probably would be gluing up popsicle stick crafts or something :)

David

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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Jim Bertelson

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#13 posted 1534 days ago

David
I have been window shopping those as well, but I think I can fit a bigger lathe. I am coveting my current workbench as the base. I find that I do almost all my work on project tables. I am thinking I will really beef up one or two to handle planing and vises. We’ll see how things go over the next 6 months.

Thanks for the suggestion though, I am eyeing a middle size lathe, wouldn’t want one of the powerhouses…...

Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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jockmike2

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#14 posted 1534 days ago

That’s how it starts though Jim, you get a midi, then you start eyeing the bigger stuff, first a platter, then bigger bowl. I’m telling you Jim don’t waste your time and money go right for the Oneway 2000 series or the big Powermatic 3520B. You won’t regret it, just might have to deliver a few more babies is all.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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David Craig

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#15 posted 1534 days ago

Another option would be the Delta Midi. At around 600, it is compact with the room to expand to a full size. It also has variable speed and a 1 HP motor which should allow for some good sized turnings if the need arose. Many people have nagging wives, Jim. You are fortunate, you just have nagging lumberjocks :)

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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