|Project by trasner||posted 09-18-2013 02:10 AM||1512 views||6 times favorited||10 comments|
I have been wanting to turn some small threaded keepsake boxes for a while to give as gifts. I thought about investing in some thread chasers vs buying a threading jig. However, thread chasing is very tedious, difficult to master, usually work best for very fine threads, and can only be used for a select few dense and oily woods. Threading jigs are easier to use and can be used on a wider variety of woods. But, the few jigs that I have seen on the market are over $500. Then I found this little jewel (picture #3) for $170 including shipping from the UK. If I find the time, I am going to try to give it a full review this weekend so check back in the reviews section.
These boxes are very fun to make and not labor intensive. The ones above were made with a 16 tpi thread. I used cherry, cocobolo, spalted maple, and maple burl from scraps I had lying around. A couple of them I glued cocobolo and maple burl blanks together and threaded the cocobolo. I turned the finial (picture #4) from ebony. There are a few good links on you tube on how to make these boxes. If anyone has any questions, shoot me an email.
Thanks for looking.