Turning a Lidded Box: FREE Step-by-Step Tutorial

One of the most fun and varied items you can turn on a lathe is a lidded box. In the photo below you can see that there are several designs, usually related to how the lid fits to the box. There are an almost unlimited number of designs when creating a turned, lidded box. Not bad for such a simple little project. Lidded boxes are also a quick seller at everything from craft fairs to art galleries, so they can also be quite profitable. beginner woodworking tools woodworking projects woodworking tips and tricks

A selection of turned boxes

The photo above shows several lid orientations and also the use of multi-media. The method I will describe isn’t shown in any of the examples above. An interesting feature of the type I will describe has, if carefully crafted, a “hidden” joint between the lid and the body. The wood is initially turned between centers so, because of the grain orientation, is often referred to as an “end grain ” box, meaning that the grain will be aligned vertically and the hollowing will require end grain cutting techniques. The good news for some of you is that scraping is one acceptable or even preferred method — if you don’t have a specific tool for the job — when hollowing the inside. beginner woodworking tools woodworking projects woodworking tips and tricks

TURNING A LIDDED BOX

STEP 1:

The vertical grain lines are going to be a defining part of the appearance.The more the grain varies from the vertical, the more obvious the joint between lid and body will become. For this reason, a piece with straight parallel grain is the best choice if you want the closed box to appear as if there is no break in the grain at the joint. beginner woodworking tools woodworking projects woodworking tips and tricks

Turn your piece between centers, roughing the major diameter and create a tenon for holding in a chuck. This end will be the top of the box. beginner woodworking tools woodworking projects woodworking tips and tricks

First step

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