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Project by ic3ss posted 245 days ago 847 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was at Rockler a while back and ran across this issue of FWW and it had this really cool turned box so I thought I’d try to make something similar. The woods are different and it’s a bit taller but otherwise it’s fairly close. I just used what I had on hand: Walnut, Bocote, and Maple Burl.

I bought a used Jet 1236 about a year ago and have only used it for a handful of practice pieces, mostly that didn’t turn out very well. This is the first project that I’ve turned that was a keeper since High School, well over 25 years ago. I learned quite a lot about technique on this project, most notably that the Bocote kept grabbing the tools. I was almost done with it when I was shaping the top ring on the lid and it grabbed and flung it onto the floor and broke a piece from the rim. I was able to glue it back with no visible lines, but I was watching some Youtube and I found that the scraper has to be held below the centerline when cutting outside, and reverse for the inside, so the scraper is dragging instead of gouging. I never thought of it that way and when I went back to it, that made all the difference. My final shapes were smooth and the lines were crisp.

Well, it’s a learning process. Have a great day.

Wayne

-- "I am endeavoring, ma'am, to construct a mnemonic memory circuit using stone knives and bear skins."





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Ryan Haasen

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#1 posted 245 days ago

Very well done! I like how the maple inside differs from the walnut outside!

-- Ryan

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doubleDD

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#2 posted 245 days ago

This is a really cool looking turning. Great job with the different woods. Nice work.

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

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Rick

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#3 posted 245 days ago

Very Nice Work Indeed! Thanks For Sharing.

Rick

-- COMMON SENSE Is Like Deodorant. The People Who need It Most, Never Use It.

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deon

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#4 posted 245 days ago

A very elegant little box indeed

-- Dreaming patterns

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SPalm

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#5 posted 245 days ago

Very nice.
I really like it.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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helluvawreck

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#6 posted 244 days ago

This has been turned so cleanly and neatly and the wood is beautiful.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- 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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RogerBean

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#7 posted 244 days ago

The varied woods come together nicely to offer surprises and delights, particularly when the lid comes off. Nicely done. Provides a lot of food for thought.
Roger

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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Fishinbo

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#8 posted 242 days ago

Gorgeous little box! Awesome wood combo inside and out. Love the shape. Excellent turning!

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RogerBean

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#9 posted 242 days ago

Wayne,
I’m surprised this box isn’t getting more attention here. But then, there don’t seem to be many good turned boxes displayed here on LJ. But, this is nice work. I hope you will do more. I’m hardly an expert on turned boxes, but I like the good ones a lot. Hope you will make more.
Roger

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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ic3ss

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#10 posted 242 days ago

Roger,

This one turned out much better than I had hoped due to my beginner turning skill level. I think I’ll give this one up as a Christmas gift and make it again using a different wood combo. I really like the burl lining inside so I’ll keep that. On the other hand, I really love your work with burl veneer. Those boxes are a knockout. Thanks very much for the encouragement.

Wayne

-- "I am endeavoring, ma'am, to construct a mnemonic memory circuit using stone knives and bear skins."

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