Quick-Spun Box

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Making a small turned box is a great way to hone your spindle turning skills while producing a very nice little project from scraps or cutoffs of larger works. A wooden container like this makes an impressive presentation vessel for bestowing a ring, memento, or other gift to a loved one. Or, it’s simply a great place to store tiny valuables. Boxes like this don’t take long to make, but each one presents a worthy little challenge of making the lid fit so perfectly that it creates a delightful little suction “pop” upon removal. People just love that pop!

You can use any wood you like, although it should be well seasoned to prevent warping. You can also create just about any shape. I have provided specific measurements for the box shown in the process photos in case that helps get you started. However, don’t be afraid to stretch out into other proportions or entirely different designs. Just make sure to carefully follow the lid fitting directions. Box size isn’t particularly important either, although your blank should be a minimum of 1-1/2" to 2" longer than your finished box height. The most important thing? Have fun!

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