End Grain Box

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Project by tomd posted 04-26-2008 05:23 AM 1846 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are two endgrain boxes with stickwork lids. The first is a tumbling block theme the second just a star pattern.

-- Tom D

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#1 posted 04-26-2008 05:25 AM

Beautiful boxes. I admire your ability to turn end grain. Nice geometric design on the lids.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#2 posted 04-26-2008 06:35 AM

BEAUTIFUL !!! HOW LONG TO TURN THESE ? How long have you been making them ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#3 posted 04-26-2008 10:50 AM

Exquisite detail and design. Thank you for posting.

God bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#4 posted 04-26-2008 01:13 PM

Really nice boxes. You’ll have to do a tutorial on turning one.

-- JJohn

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#5 posted 04-26-2008 01:26 PM


These are both beautiful and unique. I love the lid pattern and the finish on these turnings. I agree with Jjohn about doing a blog on this. I think that would be interesting.

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

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#6 posted 04-26-2008 06:18 PM

Yup, I agree. These are fantastic!!

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#7 posted 04-26-2008 08:34 PM

Those are really cool. Good Job!

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#8 posted 04-27-2008 01:58 AM

Excellent Tom.

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

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#9 posted 04-27-2008 02:27 AM

WOW! Those are some nice turnings. I have not tried end grain turning, but after seeing these, I think I may give it a try.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#10 posted 04-28-2008 01:36 AM

Very nice turning, good job on the lid. We could all use a tutorial. mike

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

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#11 posted 04-28-2008 06:03 PM

Is that an end grain block inlaid into the top? Looks great!

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#12 posted 04-29-2008 05:29 AM

Ditto to the blog on making these. I have watched Richard Raffan’s video on turning end grain boxes, but I would love another take. Also, the tops are outstanding. Please show us how you did them. I would love to make one of these!

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#13 posted 11-06-2008 08:01 AM

The illusion is supurb

-- another tip from cooperedpatterns

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#14 posted 04-13-2009 03:08 PM

These are very nice Tom. They really stand out. I have done some stickwork in the past. I turned some cylinders about 4” in height and in different diameters. I then sliced these to about 1/16” thickness and used them as inlays in small turned boxes and som regular boxes. It was fun to do and well worth the time spent in cutting and gluing-up. A great way to use those small cut-offs that seem to accumulate so fast. Keep up the good work!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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