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    First box

    Well it had to be done and this is it. I have no idea what wood it is as it was one of those chunks that were passed on with the tools. If someone can identify it I would be grateful. I was sitting watching TV and this urge came upon me or it could have been a little voice coming from the shop. Anyways i ended up turning something. I didn't know what else to do with this chunk of wood but try to make a box. I can say i am loving that buffing system, wow is it fast. It really has made making things fun again, this box is really smooth. I did realize that I have to do just a little more sanding before hitting the buffer and I have to figure out how to buff the inside of boxes like this. Oh and about the funny little thing on the top. It was just something to put there to try making one. No idea what prompted it to end up looking like that. Just the wood talking again.

    The wife is loving it as she is getting gifts every day. She says that I should have gotten a lathe long ago as she has never seen me so happy.
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    That's a cool box, Drew. Great piece of spalted dunno wood, too.

    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Watson View Post
    ...She says that I should have gotten a lathe long ago as she has never seen me so happy.
    It's pretty apparent in your posts, too.
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    I admire anyone who does boxes. I seem to have a creative block with them. I have done a few and none of them are as good as your first. Looks really good and makes the best of the wood

    pete

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    Whoo Hoo!!

    That is a beauty, and a nice piece of wood too!

    My wife was pleased at first too, then as every available space in the house got covered with bowls, boxes, hollow forms......... well the "Pleased" kind of wore off

    Then she was astounded to find out that her friends and family etc REALLY liked to get these bowls, boxed, pens etc as gifts, so that helped the "pleased" thing come back a bit.

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    [QUOTE=Stuart Ablett;

    My wife was pleased at first too, then as every available space in the house got covered with bowls, boxes, hollow forms......... well the "Pleased" kind of wore off

    i agree really nice box.
    my wife tells me she don't need any more stuff in the house.Well what i just did was pack up a bunch of stuff and sent them to my mom in Pa. now i can make more stuff and have a place to put them.
    Steve

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    Yesterday, our woodturning club had demos for new members. Our president was doing a box. And he screwed it up a bit. He made the lid tennon too small. Everytime he tried to correct he cut too much and it stayed loose. He finally got a semblance of a good fit but sacrificed much of the lid. It was kinda funny because he is a very good turner. I'm sure the pressure in front of a crowd of thirty people had something to do with it, especially after the first 'Oops'.
    I digress a bit. But, point is, boxes are simple/tricky. You did just fine. Boxes are fun.
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    Drew that is a great looking box. Really nice wood.
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    enjoy the party as long as it lasts drew,, nice piece there..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    Yesterday, our woodturning club had demos for new members. Our president was doing a box. And he screwed it up a bit. He made the lid tennon too small. Everytime he tried to correct he cut too much and it stayed loose. He finally got a semblance of a good fit but sacrificed much of the lid. It was kinda funny because he is a very good turner. I'm sure the pressure in front of a crowd of thirty people had something to do with it, especially after the first 'Oops'.
    I digress a bit. But, point is, boxes are simple/tricky. You did just fine. Boxes are fun.
    I've had this problem too... it's too small, I cut some more off and it's still too small
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