This is an aesthetics question, not a turning question, so I placed it here.
A thread a few weeks ago got me off on to Salt Boxes. The pic is a salt box I am making of first class, hard as heck, tool dulling, pallet wood.
The background: A salt box will be used frequently. Therefore it is probably wise to have a top that came off and on easily. I have a top that works very nicely.
The questions are: From the stand point of looks only, do you like the top? I made a top that is easy to grasp. However, when seeking function, did I make it too big for the box? Would a different design look better? The knob will be hollowed down, like a wine glass, to make it visually lighter.
Since this wood dulls tools faster than a piece of granite, I would prefer to modify it instead of making a new top. However, after saying that, I am still open for ANY comments.
Actually, because of the wood, this piece has been a bit of a pain (along with the fun). If I wasn't stubborn, I would have used it for kindling.
The first pic: The lid fit down over the outside of the box.
The second pic: I trimmed the lid down and made it fit inside of the box to reduce the visual mass.
The thing in the lathe is the jam chuck I used for finish turning.
Thanks for your responses and Enjoy,