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As we continue to explore customized storage solutions from the workshop, a fun way to make an interesting container is to turn one. If you have (or have access to) a lathe and a little bit of turning experience you can quickly turn a nice lidded box.

using a forstner bit

Turned Cherry Box

A round box?

I’m a fan of form following function. If you know what you want to store you can design around that need. In this case I wanted to make a nice desktop container for my wife to keep paper-clips or similar small items in. There is a gentle taper flowing towards the intersection of the lid and the body of the box and draws your eye and your hands to this location. The top and bottom of the box are also slightly depressed for visual interest and so the box sits flat on a surface.

using a forstner bit

Using a Forstner bit to hollow a turned box

Using a Forstner bit to hollow out

Some folks may shy away from this sort of project for fear of hollowing out a deep vessel, but if you have a Jacobs chuck for your lathe you can quickly hollow out a box using a Forstner bit.


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