|Project by whiskeyturner||posted 10-13-2010 03:19 PM||1844 views||4 times favorited||6 comments|
This is a favourite project of mine to turn at demonstrations, I call them simple because you can do them in a short period of time, everyone seems to like them, their easy but exciting to turn. You don’t need elaborate designs or finials and the blank only has to be a scrap of wood 2 and a half by 2 and a half by 3 inches or greater, although smaller can be fun as well, lastly the finished product is always well received by who ever you choose to hand it to but often sell fast as well.
I mount between centres, turn to a smooth cylinder and prep both ends for chucking, then part off the two sections (lid/base). The lid is put on the chuck and a lip is formed to fit the box, then hollowed and finished but leaving the outside for later. The bottom is then mounted and a recess is made to make a firm fit for the lip on the lid & then of course hollow out and finish as you please. Fit the lid to the base while still on the lathe and complete turning the out side and top as one piece. This will give the box an almost seamless fit after sanding and finishing. If the lid isn’t a firm enough fit you can bring the tail stock up to hold it, you may also be able to wet the joining sections to swell the wood to improve the fit or simply use some tissue paper. Lastly remove the lid & reverse the box and finish the bottom.
Both the top and body of the box can be straight, slightly convex or concave, let the timber guide you with the design. By keeping the design simple you can make the most of the colour, figure & grain, allowing the wood standout and be proud.
-- There is always an opportunity to learn. . . .Steve Mcgrady. . Sydney, Australia.