Olivewood box

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Project by Andy posted 05-10-2016 01:27 AM 515 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box is made Olivewood. Ive made several of these and the Olivewood boxes and Its a wonderful wood to turn. The lid is not tight at all but just before it is completely seated it snaps down so it will not fall off if the box tips over. This is the type of fit I always aim for but sometimes dont succeed as I am still pretty new at turning.

I turned the bottom of the box a little differently than the usual jam chuck method. I put a rubberband cut from a bicycle intertube around my scroll chuck jaws and just put the jaws right inside of the box and it held it really well. It did leave a small black mark from the rubber but that sanded right off with 400 grit.

The outside box dimentions is about 4” tall with a 3” diameter. I finished this box with a homemade danish oil and I will be putting a coat of paste wax on when it is completely cured.

-- Andy Smith

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#1 posted 05-10-2016 04:10 AM

Real nice project Andy, as all of yours are. Some day I’ll get some Olive Wood to try, it always looks great to me.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#2 posted 05-10-2016 11:50 AM

Beautiful box, Andy. I love the tapeerd shape. Can I copy it for a project for the students at the high school?

How did you hold the top to finish turning it?

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 05-10-2016 11:58 AM

Go ahead and copy Jim, im planning on copying your may challenge scoop in a couple days anyway so I owed you one anyhow.

-- Andy Smith

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#4 posted 05-10-2016 12:12 PM

The top was just jam chucked onto the base. Then after the top was turned I removed it and finessed its fit to the base.

-- Andy Smith

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#5 posted 05-10-2016 02:58 PM

This is a beautiful box, Andy.

I have been making this type of box for a couple of months and the jam chuck method seems to be too time consuming so I have been wanting to try your method by using inside jaws protected by nonskid router matt material. Your post may motivate me to go ahead and try it.

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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