Turning Archive 2007

Santos Rosewood box.... *PIC*

Mike Stafford
>Here is a box from a stick labeled "Pau Ferro" that I believe is really Santos Rosewood. This is a wonderful turning wood but requires care when sanding on the end grain as it is prone to heat checks. I usually use wax as a lubricant when sanding the end grain.

My concern is with the proportions of the box. As presented this box is a frog hair more than 2" tall and 2 3/4" in diameter. In the picture, however, it looks almost as if it is the same height as it is in diameter. It is my belief that the box would look better if the box were shorter in relation to its diameter. What say ye? Would the proportions be better if the box was 1 3/4" tall? How do you decide what is the appropriate height for a turned object of a given size when you are starting the turning on the inside such as when you are turning boxes?

Any comments or suggestions appreciated.

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