Spalted Maple and Black Walnut Turned Lidded box

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Project by ratchet posted 12-14-2012 02:03 PM 1225 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Been turning for a few months now. It’s amazing how quickly you can learn when you have good mentors! This is one I’m giving away at our local woodturners club Christmas Party Santa exchange. Its made of Spalted maple, 100 year old black walnut, Tiger maple, and Bradford Pear. You might ask why is this listed as a “box” instead of a “bowl and lid”? Its the fit. You must pick it up and pull on the knob to seperate the top from the base. I cut a sweeping curve in the walnut with a bandsaw and glued in a 1/8” tiger maple strip to add contrast. I think I will try this again with 2 or more glued in maple strips per box top. Question: should I have not drilled completely through the lid for the knob tenon? All comments and criticisms appreciated.

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#1 posted 12-14-2012 05:12 PM

Very nice I have never turned but like looking at them.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 12-14-2012 05:23 PM

Now I know who’s gift to tell the wife to pick.

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#3 posted 12-14-2012 05:28 PM

Very nice, I like the contrast.

As far as the knob/finial goes, here is one suggestion. I am assuming you had a tenon on that side of the lid so you could mount it in a chuck and form the underside. When reversing it to take the tenon off, leave just a bit of it (diameter and length will depend on your knob/finial). Then when you make the knob drill out the center sizing it so it fits over the tenon you left. This way it will be centered, you will have good surface area for gluing, and it will not go through the top of the box.

-- Robert --- making toothpicks one 3x3x12 blank at a time!

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#4 posted 12-14-2012 05:59 PM

Rob; HA! I am unable to make the Woodworkers dinner…I am able to make the WoodTurners dinner though. Unless you joined the WT’s I do not think she will get the chance to pick it.But thank you kind for the compliment.

RVroman; thanks for that tip I will try it next time!

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#5 posted 12-14-2012 07:18 PM

This is a really nice piece of work. Cool.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#6 posted 12-14-2012 07:51 PM

Perfect and classy.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#7 posted 12-14-2012 07:53 PM

Sheee Zammm that’s cool,great job.

-- Custom furniture

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