|Project by ic3ss||posted 125 days ago||700 views||2 times favorited||10 comments|
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.
-- "I am endeavoring, ma'am, to construct a mnemonic memory circuit using stone knives and bear skins."