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Thread: Two More Boxes

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan

    Two More Boxes

    This time from Maple.........

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    Just a piece of hard Maple, simple little thing, lid fits just right

    I did have an interesting discovery on this one, I was really, really struggling to get a nice clean cut on the bottom inside of the box, the end-grain, I was using a square nosed scraper sharpened like I thought it was supposed to be, no joy.

    I went back and watched the AAW sharpening DVD, Bonnie Kline talks about sharpening this tool, and I thought I had followed her instructions, turns out I missed the small point about the front of the tool having a very slight curve or radius to it Did that, and BOY does it work, no catches and man did I get a nice cut!

    Again Maple, but this time I tried some of the blue pigment stain I have........
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    ...... it was put on over a coat of sanding sealer, but it still looks very blotchy and I'm not real impressed with this stuff, can't wait till the dye gets here!

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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Goodland, Kansas
    Stu those are some beauties. Not sure I like the blue but thats just me. Well done. I like the forms.
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Houston, Texas
    Hi Stu ,
    Those little round boxes are so cute. I like them both and think the blue one will not sell as fast but would go for a higher price.
    Keep pushing the limit.
    I remember turning a piece one time after I had soaked a dowel rod in dye for a while, let it dry, forstner a few holes in the turning block, insert with glue the colored dowel and turn on lathe. Thought of this as you mentioned the dye.
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan
    Thanks guys.

    I don't like the pigment stain blue as well, but it was an experiment, like you say Shaz, you got to keep pushing to find out what works and what does not, this one will likely stay "In the family"
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
    William Arthur Ward

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Man, you're getting the box-making thing down, Stu. I agree with you on the blue one, but you did a great job on both.
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  6. #6
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Zushi, Japan
    Little turned boxes are addictive. Those are nice Stu. Did you put a radius on both sides of the square end?

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    I personally think the blue would look great if you sanded the top back down to natural color. The contrast of the sides bleeding into the blue back into the top being natural.......I'd buy it for sure!!!

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Yeah Stu, nice smooth looking inside, well a roundnose scraper works very well for small objects, like your lidded box.
    When bigger I use the hollowing rig in combination with a multifacenet scraper. I made these scrapers from a 2mm thick skating blade, works well too.


  9. #9
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Coastal plain of North Carolina
    Stu, you are progressing really rapidly on your boxes. I am not too sure about the blue but I do understand your desire to do something about the "plainness" of the maple. I am looking into lots of options for doing something to some of the maple I have for boxes. Even if it has curl it can be hard to display to its best advantage in a box and the end grain usually had little or nothing of interest.

    It is nice when the fit is right, isn't it? That is what it is all about for us box turners!
    I may be getting a little older physically but mentally I'm still tarp as a shack.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Fort Worth, Texas
    Lookin' good, Stu! I've gotta try these some day.
    I may be lost but I'm making good time!
    Three Seasons Woodturnings

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