Turning

Subject:
Re: Turning blanks for boxes
Response To:
Turning blanks for boxes ()

Brad Vietje
I do what Richard Raffan does, but if I had 5 chucks, I'd probably do what Mike Stafford does -- he's produced a lot of beautiful boxes, so he's surely figured out how to do it right.

I have 50 - 60 taped-up pairs in boxes, anywhere from 6 months to 15 years old, so when I need to finish one on a tight deadline, I can get to the finish line pretty quickly. That comes in handy near graduation season, or whenever someone needs an affordable, hand-made gift item.

In my climate, I never seal them, but I rarely use exotic woods, which not only often come waxed (and cracked), but some are oily and don't dry anywhere near as fast as local hardwoods. On a high-priced or high-value piece of wood, I've been known to put the taped, rough-turned pair into a lunch-sized paper bag, but that's as far as I go.

Safe spinning,

Brad Vietje
Newbury, VT

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