Antler Box

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Project by bigwoodturner posted 04-01-2009 02:28 AM 2640 views 5 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For the benifit of those of you with a smaller lathe here is what we call an “Antler Box”. The finial is gabon ebony and the box is turned from an elk antler. These are fun projects that I take to functions such as the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Dinner. They make great ring boxes. No I did not turn this on my big lathe. I have 5 lathe right now. You can never have enough cool tools!

-- Dale

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#1 posted 04-01-2009 02:49 AM

a very beautiful piece

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#2 posted 04-01-2009 03:17 AM


and welcome to LJ. Just what we need, more guys to teach us newbie turners…. LOL

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#3 posted 04-01-2009 03:32 AM

I have been wondering how to make the lid. Is the blank that much longer than the box itself? What I mean by that is

if the box is 3 inches and is the lid is an inch and a half is the blank roughly 5 inches long?

That all said, I love what you’ve done.


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#4 posted 04-01-2009 03:33 AM


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#5 posted 04-01-2009 03:40 AM

this is such a nice piece what can you say , very well done.

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#6 posted 04-01-2009 03:57 AM

The finial caught my eye first and is awesome all by itself , but added to the mini scale of the box , together they are amazing !

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#7 posted 04-01-2009 04:01 AM

Looks great

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#8 posted 04-01-2009 04:09 AM

The lid for any box is not size dependent. I am going to post a box where the lid and box came out of a piece 1 inch thick. The lid for the antler box actually comes from inside the piece the box is turned from. For those of you that want to learn to turn small boxes, the MASTER is Allen Battey. You can order his boxes DVD from craft supply USA. He makes me look like a beginner when it comes to small boxes.

-- Dale

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#9 posted 04-01-2009 04:47 AM

Very nice looking piece!

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#10 posted 04-01-2009 05:01 AM

Beautiful choice of materials and nice execution.

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#11 posted 04-01-2009 05:15 AM

I knew I was particularly draw to this piece. Must have been the colors. Fantastic. First turned horn I seen. Very cool.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#12 posted 04-01-2009 05:27 AM

I bet that had a smell to remember, having cut and carved mastadon tooth in the past. Very cool piece.

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#13 posted 04-01-2009 12:32 PM


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#14 posted 04-01-2009 04:41 PM

It’s precious! How about a video of you working on one?

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#15 posted 04-01-2009 07:40 PM

very cool

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