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How to Make a Lidded Box

This is one method for constructing a lidded box with a contrasting insert. The insert substitutes the wood removed in separating what will be the lid and base of the box.

Choose a light coloured wood with a good grain pattern for the body of the box and a dark wood for the insert. For the large samples, the blank for the body was about 160mm x 90mm x 90mm and the insert piece is about 20 to 25mm thick. The

others are each scaled down by 25% each.

1. Round the blank between centres.

2. Cut a dovetail in both ends for mounting in a chuck.

3. Mount the end that will be the lid in the chuck.

4. Part off the base at either the mid-point or at a place that will highlight the gain.

5. Hollow out the lid leaving sides at about 12mm or 10% of the diameter.

6. Sand the face flat.

7. Remove lid from chuck and mount bottom.

8. Hollow bottom. NOTE: the wall of the base is thicker that the lid to allow for the lip (step) the lid will fit over.

9. Sand the face flat.

10. Glue the insert piece between bottom and lid and put aside to dry.

11. Hold lid in chuck and trim 1/3 the diameter of the insert to be level with the base.

12. Part off the base through the insert leaving 3mm of the insert on the lid.

13. Part through the insert into the hollowed section of the lid then scrap the inside of the lid to a wall thickness of about 8mm



NOTE: undercut the inside of the lid so it won’t bind on the lip of the base. Using a round nose scrapper, finish the inside to a flowing curve, then sand and apply your desired finish then touch the outside corner of the insert with the scrapper to remove the sharp corner. Apart from not having sharp corners to cut yourself on, the slight groove this creates can be used to help lever the two pieces apart when the bottom is used as a jam chuck to finish the lid.