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Christopher

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I have seen so many turned boxes and i think thay are beautiful but I can’t figure out out how turn one. I don’t have a 4-jaw chuck but I do have a faceplate for turning. I need someone to describe how they do it step by step and pictures would be fantastic if it can be done! As usual thank you guys, I know I can count on Lumberjocks to mentor me!!


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NY_Rocking_Chairs

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#1 posted 2208 days ago

Christopher,

check this PDF out, though he does use a chuck. I am not sure how you would do one without a chuck since you need to hold the work with the other end free to work. Either a chuck or vacuum chuck.

http://www.woodturnersguild.com/mambo/index.php?option=com_docman&task=docclick&Itemid=52&bid=13&limitstart=0&limit=5

-- Rich, WNY, www.nyrockingchairs.com

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Douglas Bordner

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#2 posted 2207 days ago

Hey Rich. Thanks for the link.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#3 posted 2207 days ago

This is a pretty good tutorial on Fine woodworking.

I’m not sure if you have to be a member though, but give it a try.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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NY_Rocking_Chairs

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#4 posted 2207 days ago

I think you have to be a member, it took me to the login page.

-- Rich, WNY, www.nyrockingchairs.com

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#5 posted 2207 days ago

I’m sorry it didn’t work, here’s a free video site for wood turners at

WOOD Magazine.

Click on the woodturning category.

They show how to turn a toothpick dispenser.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Christopher

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#6 posted 2207 days ago

I appreciate it Dick!. I will check that link out in a few. i have to deliver a restore job I did and I am a littlle nervous as it’s late!

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Grumpy

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#7 posted 2207 days ago

Christopher, I don’t know but someone may have done a video on the LJ site
http://lumberjocks.com/videos

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#8 posted 2206 days ago

Hi there I have turned a wooden box on a 4 jaw chuck and thinking about it, you will need to support the wood quite firmly. Do you have a screw mount? This may be possible. Or screw to you face plate.

The following is my recollection of box making on a lathe. Watch for uneveness with the wood as the mount may not be very strong !

Here goes – Please be safe – By mounting in the screw mount and the tail stock you can rough out the main shape. Then decide where the lid will be (at the tailstock end of course) and shape it, you come in (rebate) for about 3/8” and at the base of the lid (the head stock end of the rebate) part off. Then hollow out the box. The inner dimension of the box would be the outer dimension of the lid’s rebate. Hollow down to about 1/2” before the screw mount. Sand inside – I use a dowel – cut up the length by about 1 inch and fold sand paper in the slot. Place lid on box and re-introduce the tail stock and finish off.

If you have any concerns with this process please stop. Like I said I have only done this in a 4 jaw chuck but the theory should be the same if you can mount the wood securely. I have not used a faceplate for turning.

Regards

-- Sandy in NZ

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scottb

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#9 posted 2206 days ago

I think Richard Raffan did a demo in a recent years FWW mag. He also has a bazillion (it’s a real number) books out there… next time you’re by a book store just spend a while browsing. that is, if our fellow LJ’s haven’t dug up enough links and tutorials by then. I’m sure a 4 jaw chuck would make things easier, but you can certainly glue or tape your blank to a faceplate, and get most of the roughing done between centers.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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#10 posted 2206 days ago

Here is a link to some tutorials and projects

http://www.woodturningonline.com/Turning/Projects/boxes.html

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#11 posted 2206 days ago

I think you can do real well by just using a faceplate, & center screw.

I’ve done most of my turning, using a faceplate.

I recently bought a chuck, & I’m having to learn all over again.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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