like boxes—big ones, small ones, any size and shape ones! At craft fairs or
shows there can be a dozen intricately turned pieces, but one of the first items to
be touched are the boxes. Curiosity gets the best of the customers, and they have
to open the box to examine what is inside. As they open a box, they should hear
that “pop” sound which assures a good, tight fit between the top and the body
of the box.
When creating boxes of any shape and size, a general rule is to make the bottom
of the box to the top of the box in a ratio of 3:5 or 3:4. In other words, if
the overall height of the box is 5", the top should be approximately
1-1/2 " to 2", and the body of the box should be 3" to 3-1/2 ". For your first
box, the shape will be simple with a gradual, sloping cove in the top and the
of the box. When you are using a scraper for the inside of the box,
remember to go slowly, taking small bites at a time.
Lidded Box Tip:
To ensure a snug fit between the top and the body
of the box, use pre-dried wood and measure often.
In addition, you can use the body of the box to
physically fit it to the top and vice versa to get that
tight-fitting feel for the box. If you use “wet” wood,
it will shrink, and the fit will be loose and possibly
out of round when it dries.