Olivewood Rosary Box

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Project by Andy posted 03-24-2016 12:10 AM 654 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Olivewood is used for alot of religious items and has grown in the holy lands for thousands of years. Well I had a piece of it so I figured I would make a rosary storage box.

This is only the second box Ive turned on the lathe and this wood was very expensive so I was happy that i didnt mess it up. I cut the tenon for the four jaw chuck and I parted the lid off first so the grains would match up. Ive seen people make the lid upside down for some reason but I like my grains to match wherever possible.

I hollowed it out with a round carbide cutter tool mainly because I havent figured out how to do it with a bowl gouge. I dont know if a bowl gouge would even be the right tool for that.

The olivewood is beautiful and I was very happy with how this box “turned out” (so to speak). I wonder if thats where we get that term hmm.

Thanks for viewing, Andy.

-- Andy Smith

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#1 posted 03-24-2016 12:26 AM

Nicely done Andy,
it turned out Beautifully!

-- Nick, Virginia,

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#2 posted 03-24-2016 02:29 AM

Andy, that is truly beautiful. I love Olive wood.
I rescued a tree from here but it was only 12 years old and there is not much colour in the wood.
Thanks for sharing this lovely object.


-- 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 03-24-2016 03:10 AM

Olive wood is beautiful and you did a nice job turning. The grain match up is great.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#4 posted 03-24-2016 10:07 AM

Beautiful storage vessel, we bought olive wood salad fork and spoon sets for gifts when we were in Greece a few years ago.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - Your imagination is your only holdup

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#5 posted 03-24-2016 03:22 PM

Andy, that’s beautiful wood and a beautiful box.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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