Threaded lid turned boxes (with jig)

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Project by trasner posted 09-18-2013 02:10 AM 1629 views 7 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

-- Todd

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#1 posted 09-18-2013 02:17 AM

Nice job.

I have been saving my pennies and nickles to buy a threading jig sometime. When I have enough $$ I will have to contact you.


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#2 posted 09-18-2013 02:22 AM

Some great looking boxes Todd. You did a fine job with those threads. This is something that I would like to do some day. Where did you get the threader from?

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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#3 posted 09-18-2013 03:49 AM

Nice work Todd!

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#4 posted 09-18-2013 05:10 AM

Great job. Could you possible post a link where a fellar might be able to get a threader like yours? Love the craftsmanship and contrast of the woods.

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#5 posted 09-18-2013 10:37 AM

Beautiful Todd. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#6 posted 09-18-2013 02:29 PM

Can you only do one size (diameter)?

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#7 posted 09-18-2013 04:02 PM

Keurx2: you can do any diameter down to the size of the cutter (about 1/2 inch). I will post a review this weekend with some pictures of how the jig works. The thread count is fixed on the jig but you can purchase jigs with different TPI’s. I currently have two jigs one that is 10tpi and one that is 16tpi.

hoss12992: Kevin Young form the UK manufactures and sells these jigs. There is also a distributer in the US but they sell for about $100 more. He also sells a lathe ball (sphere) jig that I also have:

-- Todd

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#8 posted 09-19-2013 04:20 AM

Very nice work. I like the wood and color combinations, they go together nicely.

-- Gary,Nebraska

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#9 posted 09-19-2013 06:25 PM

Outstanding pieces.I love those natural colours.

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#10 posted 09-20-2013 07:34 PM

Gorgeous boxes! Like the cool shapes especially on the finials. Great wood colors and finish. They sure make wonderful gifts. Great job!

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