First turned box

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Project by cajunpen posted 11-25-2012 08:13 PM 1512 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have recently begun turning again, after several years of not turning. I had a piece of Pecan log in the shop that I acquired 8-9 years ago. I have never attempted to turn a box (other than with a Beal Treen Mandrel) so I decided to give it a shot. The box is far from perfect, but I think it’s a good beginning.

10/10/2013 – I kept looking at this box and it just didn’t make me happy, happy, happy. I took it out to the shop, remounted it on the lathe and returned it. The lid fits a lot better, the interior is a little larger and the finish, while it doesn’t show in the pictures is really nice. I’m a lot happier with it now.

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

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Dan'um Style

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#1 posted 11-25-2012 09:15 PM

I like it

...I read your email and it made be think about the lathe in-my-garage that I haven’t used for a while

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

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#2 posted 11-25-2012 11:11 PM

Looks great. Wish we had pecan trees up here!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#3 posted 11-26-2012 01:34 AM

That is a neat box Bill, very practical and a good return to turning.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#4 posted 11-26-2012 01:57 AM

I like this turning Bill good job.

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 11-26-2012 02:46 AM

Nice job, Bill. I’ve been wanting to try one for a long time, and I’ve never gotten around to it. Way to go!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 11-26-2012 11:54 AM

You done really well. Very nice

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#7 posted 11-26-2012 03:07 PM

great looking turning.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#8 posted 11-26-2012 03:55 PM

Great start back on the lathe! I’m right there with you. Time to be a Christmas elf…

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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Donna Menke

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#9 posted 11-26-2012 03:55 PM

Very nice, Cajun, very nice indeed.
If I may make a suggestion on taking pictures of small boxes, I’d suggest getting farther away from the object with your camera. Then either use telephoto to get closer or crop the photo in your camera program. Either way should be clearer and without distortion.
More boxes. . . more photos! After a while we will have to call your CajunBoxGuy.

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!"

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#10 posted 11-26-2012 06:02 PM

Thanks guys (and Lady) for the kind comments. The box actually turned out better than the blurry photo shows.

Douglas – I saw your Treen box and got the urge to turn one myself – I hae the Beall Treen kit, with all of the accessories, I have to give it a go.

Donna – Thanks for the tip on taking photos. As you can tell, I need help :-)).

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

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Donna Menke

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#11 posted 11-26-2012 06:38 PM

Just a thought- but how about retaking the photos following those recommendations and showing us so we can see if there is an improvement. It may help others on this topic too.

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!"

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#12 posted 11-26-2012 06:49 PM

Bill, I think you did a swell job on that box – especially considering that it was your first. Congratulations.

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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#13 posted 11-26-2012 07:15 PM

Very nice first box! I have access to some pecan, but I haven’t used it yet – I need to!

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#14 posted 11-26-2012 10:35 PM

I just started teaching my son woodturning (he finally asked to learn it)(after 20 years!). He realizes it’s not an instant skill, sort of like tennis, you have to break through the first few attempts before you get the hang of it and really start having fun.

Keep going, you’ll only get better and better.

-- The Higest Art, the Highest Science, and the Highest Religion is the same thing.

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#15 posted 11-26-2012 11:26 PM

Doug you are right, turning take a lot of practice. It is an addictive hobby. I am right now trying to master the Skew – it is tricky, but getting easier.

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

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