Small Lidded Apple Box

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Project by CSmithWoodturnings posted 10-01-2014 12:38 AM 1119 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Being from Upstate South Carolina, we have plenty of orchards around the area. My mother is an elementary school teacher, and every year they take their grade level to a local orchard for a field trip. Over the years she has gotten to know the owner very well and so one day I decided to give him a call about possibly getting some apple or peach trimmings. He informed that they usually trim the trees back in late august to early september. One day I brought my chainsaw and trailer out out to the orchard and got a few trunks of apple and peach. This particular box came from a small apple limb that I really had no other use for. I put this in between centers, then followed to hot glue the work to a scrap piece on my check. This is an aligned grain lid, but in the picture I didn’t put the lid on that way. The best way to do this is after your piece has dried to your hot glue, and is rounded up again, make a female tenon on the end of the piece that will fit onto the box, then you can make your lid while it is still attached to work. Once I round off the top of the lid I use a parting tool or a hacksaw to cut it off. Once you have your lid done you can make your male tenon on the box portion and get it just right(you can cut off your lathe and try putting on the lid to assure for a tight fit). Once you have the male tenon where it should be, you can start hollowing out the box. Once thats done I sand from 120-1200 grit on the inside and finish will mineral oil and beeswax. For the outside, I put the lid back on( It should be a pretty tight fit, I have never had a lid fly off, but if its not as tight as you want it to be you can run your tailstock up to the lid. Then I sand and finish the outside with the lid on, then part the end of the piece off of your scrap wood attached to your face plate. Im not sure what these could be used for, maybe earrings or a pillbox, or maybe even a salt cellar. Use is definitely limited with a piece this small, I just hate wasting wood. If your a woodturner, I feel like we all share a few common traits such as whenever we see a tree or logs on the side of the road we have to stop and pray its some walnut, and wood hoarding is definitely one of those traits.

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#1 posted 10-01-2014 04:00 AM

Nice turning and great piece of apple wood.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 10-01-2014 04:01 AM

That’s really cool.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#3 posted 10-01-2014 12:11 PM

Great colors! Cool box!

-- (the only thing in there she says is....tap on head..........tap..........tap..... saw dust) - James

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#4 posted 10-01-2014 02:30 PM

Nice box! I love working with Apple wood!!

-- Sue~ Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

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#5 posted 10-01-2014 02:30 PM

Would that be the Mountain Top Orchard near Greenville? My late father-in-law loved that place. Since I’ve just started turning and have an orchard near my house, I’ll have to talk to the owners the next time we are out picking apples (U-Pick) to see how they dispose of their waste wood when they have any. I’d love to turn some apple.

Nice box, by the way.

-- A bad craftsmen blames his cheap #$%ing tools

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#6 posted 10-01-2014 03:34 PM

Hey Joe, I am from Anderson, I went to Callaham Orchards but I’m pretty sure most of those guys burn the trimmings so I’m sure they wouldn’t mind if you went out there and got a few trunks. Apple is great to turn because it smells awesome, looks great, and the scraps I don’t use, I always give to buddies and co-workers that have smokers. Its a win-win situation.

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