Natural Bottom Box

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Project by rizay posted 12-16-2009 01:12 PM 1395 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a small lidded box I made a few weeks ago for a charity auction at the hospital where I work.

The top is made out of walnut and is a suction fit lid.

The bottom is made out of a scarred piece of maple. The tree was blown down several years ago and I got lucky. I had several pieces like this including my profile picture which retained the bark and has a hole in the side of the bowl.

I started this project by turning the bottom first making a tenon to fit my 4 jaw chuck. Then I shaped the top side of the box and hollowed the bowl out. I left a squared up section for the lid to fit and also so I could reverse the piece and expand my chuck on the opening of the bowl to finish the bottom.

After the bottom was finished, I went to work on the lid. I started on the bottom of the lid cutting a tapper to get a tight fit with the bottom. Once I got a tight fit, I back cut the taper to get the suction fit. Once I was happy with the fit, I cut a squared up recess on the inside of the lid so I could later expand my chuck and reverse the piece. I hollowed out the lid a little, and sanded. I reversed the lid and finished the top of the lid.

This box was hand finished by apply several coats of tung oil allowing each to dry between coats. After that, I used my benchtop buffer and buffed on some carnuba wax.

It was a fun project that turned out well.

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#1 posted 12-16-2009 02:12 PM

That is really creative. I know lots of folks who would like it. I bet it fetched a lot!

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#2 posted 12-16-2009 03:24 PM

Very nice looking turning. Very unique, and beautiful finish.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#3 posted 12-16-2009 03:41 PM

Wow! This is really beautiful. I agree with Mike, unique & beautiful finish.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 12-16-2009 05:28 PM

Nicely done! I like the description of the suction fit lid – thanks,

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#5 posted 12-16-2009 05:58 PM

unique box great job

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#6 posted 12-16-2009 07:09 PM

A tip of the Hat to you sir…........ Very nice box.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#7 posted 12-16-2009 07:20 PM

It turned out very well. Great job

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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#8 posted 12-17-2009 01:46 AM

Very nice box! It is nice to see that there are other people out there that give to charity auctions. Most of my work has been donated to charity auctions to date. Your hard work went to a good cause. Well done keep up the good work.

-- Best Regards With Personalized Rocking Chairs And Furniture On My Mind,

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#9 posted 12-17-2009 07:31 AM

Fantastic turned box. I love the natural bottom to it.

Keep it up.


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