Box Lids - How Do You Determine it's Shape?

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Forum topic by Ynot posted 03-01-2017 03:22 PM 375 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-01-2017 03:22 PM

I’ve been turning for years, but lately I have what’s known in the writing world as “Writers Block”. More so with lids on turned boxes than anything else. I used to simply look at the box and continue with the same shape/feel into the lid. If I don’t want to emphasize the lid I won’t go crazy with it, but instead keep it simple and then maybe emphasize the finial or not depending on the box overall. I feel I’ve lost that creative edge in my work. Maybe lately it’s the box shapes that I’ve been working on, who knows. Just wanted to hear how others pursue their lid shapes and even finial shapes.?

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#1 posted 03-01-2017 04:18 PM

Hard to answer your question because have no idea the style of boxes you turn. Are you using dry or wet wood, and do you turn the bottom first and wait a few days to turn the tops.
Just find style you like whether you use Google or Woodturning on-line for ideas & techniques then go for it.

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-- Bill

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#2 posted 03-01-2017 05:09 PM

Thanks Bill. I use kiln dried or naturally dried over several years. Either way I agree and will look more at some images online, maybe that will get the gears turning again.

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#3 posted 03-01-2017 05:32 PM

Maybe what you need is a break from boxes. Try turning some other things for a while or even some flat work. Give your brain a rest from the normal.

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#4 posted 03-01-2017 05:36 PM

Do you have any pictures of the progression of your boxes? If so, post them, and then you’ll have an audience that might be able to give you some input as to when stagnation set in. Also, I’m sure you’ve heard this; No pictures, didn’t happen….. ........ Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson)

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