Lidded boxes

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Project by mjlauro posted 2354 days ago 1152 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I turned these a while back, and wanted to share them with everyone. The larger of the two is cocobolo, and the smaller is maple and mahogany. They are finished with a friction polished applied at high speed on the lathe. I think they came out ok. Let me know what you think. Questions, cooments and solutions are always welcomed and encouraged.

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#1 posted 2354 days ago

Nice looking little boxes.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 2354 days ago

so I’m guessing that you turned it, cut the lid off, and then re-turned it to make the box part??
or am I way off base?
And I think they are gorgeous.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 2354 days ago

These are really nice boxes and the finish is gorgeous. I have said it before but every time I see a post like this it makes me want to get a lathe.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 2354 days ago

looks like good finishing work..cocobolo shows it

-- Turn & turn somemore

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Dan'um Style

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#5 posted 2354 days ago

I like them !

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#6 posted 2354 days ago

Really nice little boxes – I just love cocobolo (but not it’s dust).

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#7 posted 2354 days ago

Neat little boxes. I like ‘em ;)

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#8 posted 2353 days ago

Beaut job.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#9 posted 2353 days ago

These are fine examples of turning. I haven’t tried a lidded box yet.

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#10 posted 2350 days ago

Both have a great shape. Love the grain of the cocobolo. I haven’t done any turning—do you have to match the oriention of the maple/mahogany grain so there’s no tearout?

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#11 posted 2350 days ago

Beautious. Makes me wish I had a lathe!

-- Happy woodworking!

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#12 posted 2350 days ago

KDL, I would assume that orienting the grain would be a good idea, however at the time, I did not(at least not knowingly). I didn’t get much tear out, but enough to require a bit of sanding. This makes me think that either I did orient correctly or got very lucky.

Blake, I’m surprised you don’t have an antique wood lathe in your shop. Maybe you can build one or restore an old one.

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#13 posted 2350 days ago

Just a quick thanks to all.

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