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Next week on Woodturning with Tim Yoder, you’ll learn to make a salt cellar that features clever hidden hinges and a catch made from rare earth magnets.

The project is made from a single blank of tulipwood that Tim shapes, then parts into two pieces and hollows to create the lid and base. The first step is to band saw the wood to rough shape.

Once that’s done, Tim mounts the blank on the lathe, using a steb center in the head stock and a live center with a small point in the tail stock. These support the work without making deep holes and preserve as much of the thickness of the wood as possible.

Tim starts rounding the blank with a small bowl gouge, using light cuts because tulipwood tends to tear out. Next, he uses a square-tipped scraper to create a tenon on the bottom of the blank so he can mount it in his scroll chuck.

After reversing the blank, he begins hollowing the opposite end to create a tenon on what will become the base of the salt cellar.


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