From My Scrap Wood Box

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Project by Cliff posted 09-22-2015 06:10 AM 1059 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Bits and pieces of wood always have an Aura of Mystique about them. Where have they come From? What kind of wood is it and more importantly to a LumberJock…..What can I make from it??? There are Two Large Plastic Boxes on Casters (small Wheels) in my shop, overflowing with what I call my “Bits and Pieces” and rattling through the Boxes I came up with the notion of some small lidded boxes. The largest Box is all from the one piece of Hard Wood and the other two small ones are a combination of Jacaranda and Hardwood some of which is staved and glued to make up a big enough blank to work from.
I had never attempted lidded boxes before and it was a bit Daunting. But thanks to youtube I found some great sites such the English Wood Turner Mike Waldt who has some very clear instructions and advice…Thank You Mike…
You will notice quite a few mistakes on my Boxes such as the not totally finished knobs which still has the turning marks from the Lathe. I am working on techniques to avoid this next time… more variety of Jaws for my Super Nova 2 Chuck would be a start. Any advice from, my LJ friends would certainly be appreciated also.
Happy Woodworking and Kind regards,

PS: The finish is only two coats of Danish Oil. Sorry there are no progress photos, I was getting excited at completing the project and just forgot to take photos.


-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#1 posted 09-22-2015 09:41 AM

Real pretty lidded boxes, Cliff!!

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#2 posted 09-22-2015 10:16 AM

Nice lidded boxes Cliff, and a great use of your left over wood. Not good at advising mate but your on the right track, when in doubt search the net, keep turning and enjoy what comes off the lathe. Well done.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#3 posted 09-22-2015 10:33 AM

Thanks Jim, I think Lidded Boxes could become quite addictive.



-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#4 posted 09-22-2015 10:37 AM

G’day Bob. Yes it is good to use left over wood. Thank you for your encouragement.



-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#5 posted 09-22-2015 12:03 PM

Nice work, Cliff!! That little stave box is sweet!

Jam chucks are a good way to hold your work. I keep cut offs just for that purpose. Check youtube for jam chucks.
I bet your “Bits and Pieces” is full of just what you need.

I have flat jaws for 1 of my chucks. I attach pieces of wood to the flat jaws, then cut the wood to what I need to hold
the work.

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#6 posted 09-22-2015 01:11 PM

Wow! These are very nice, Cliff. It’s great that they came from waist.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#7 posted 09-22-2015 02:01 PM

Wow! You found all them coins when you hollowed out those blanks. Looks like more than 2 bits and pieces to me. ha ha. You are headed in the right direction for sure. They turned out great Cliff, keep turning.

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

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#8 posted 09-22-2015 03:37 PM

These are great looking! Good job. I’m looking forward to getting a chuck so I can try something like these.

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#9 posted 09-22-2015 10:14 PM

G’day Hairy,
Thank you for your comments and very good advice. I must take a look on youtube for Jam Chucks, from what I have heard they work very well. Flat Jaws also sound interesting.


Charles, thank you for your nice comments. Must have another look in my waste box for the next project.



Dave, Yes there is a “BIT” of Beer money in those Boxes…maybe if I put them on my work bench tonight the Shop Elves might fill them up again!!!!!
Thank you for your nice comments and encouraging words Dave.



Hi JoeinGa, Thank you, I’m glad that you like the project. Yes, one thing I have learned is that a chuck is more than useful as it opens up more ways to Wood Turn and there are all sorts of Jaws that can be fitted to the same chuck.


Cliff. Joe, your Sign off is superb. A good message for everyone!!!!!

-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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