Cutting lid off round box

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Forum topic by skeemer posted 11-18-2012 12:55 AM 944 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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11-18-2012 12:55 AM

I am making a spice dish for my wife for Christmas out of some myrtle burl, which will resemble this:

I’ve trimmed off the corners and have it ready to place on a circle cutting jig for my table saw, but I’m not sure whether I should cut the top off now or after I have made it round. My concern with rounding it first is that it will be difficult to safely send a round blank through the blade.

My thoughts are to make a crosscut jig that will have a squared/plumbed piece of wood that I can tape or clamp the blank to to hold it safely for the cut. Then reorient it and cut the other side.

The reason I was leaning towards cutting the lid off after I’ve made it round is to make it simpler to have the top and bottom match dimension exactly, rather than have to sand them to match. Another idea would be to cut the top off now, then tape it back on and make it circular on the circular cut jig.


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#1 posted 11-19-2012 12:08 AM

So after some thought I decided to make the round first and then tape it to a vertical surface to cut the lid. Since I had to take the round off and turn it over to make the second pass, it did not come out super even but a few passes through the planer and some sanding has the top and bottom evened up again. So the spice box will be 2-3/8” thick instead of 2-1/2” thick, oh well! :)

Here is my setup to cut the lid. I used carpet tape to hold the round.

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