Turning & Finishing Lidded Boxes  
  

People enjoy lidded boxes!  
 
"By their nature, lidded boxes invite being handled, opened, closed, then opened and closed again. The very presence of a lid suggests there may be some small but cherished item inside. In addition to the visual aesthetic, lidded containers can tease other senses as well. The holder can savor the sound and feel of the lid's fit. Depending on the design and intended use of container, as you remove the lid you may experience a quick, decisive "pop," a non-descript "squish," a long, gentle vacuum tug, or the no-resistance fit of a lid designed to be removed with only one hand. Indeed, the fit of the lid may be the primary fascination in many lidded containers - one that will never show in any photograph." ~ Kip Christensen
 
Today's picks all focus on the joys of turning and finishing lidded boxes! 
 
AAW FORUM TURNING OF THE WEEK   
Congratulations to Emiliano Achaval whose work has been selected as the AAW Forum's "Turning of the Week."
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AAW EXPLORE! STAFF PICK    
Bob Rosand has always enjoyed turning lidded boxes. In his article, "It's Hard to Top Lidded Boxes," from the Spring 2003, American Woodturner, Bob explains the techniques he uses to sand less and make more interesting lidded boxes.
 
Click here for a direct link to the article. 
 
VIDEO SOURCE: FLICK OF THE WEEK
In this video, Paul Lockwood demonstrates how to finish several rough turned lidded boxes simply and beautifully.

 
SYMPOSIUM DEMONSTRATOR TIP 
"Decorative effects do not have to be complex. Something as simple as V-grooves can have a dramatic effect on the appearance of work. Look at how V-grooves create an interesting visual effect on the turned boxes." ~ Mark Baker 
   
Photos: Anthony Bailey, GMC Publications
 
Mark Baker will demonstrate the following topics at the AAW Symposium in Portland,  
June 14-17, 2018.
 
Lidded Boxes   
   
Hollow Forms Made Easy
 
 






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