Wood & Resin Turned Box

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Use these simple turning techniques to create a unique lidded box.

The unusual thing about this particular box is that it’s turned from a hybrid blank. Resin casting, a means of molding acrylic material into blanks for turning, has become very popular in recent years and hybrid blanks are a big part of the trend. “Hybrid” is a term coined for combining wood and resin together to create beautiful and unique designs. You can buy hybrid blanks (p. 62) or make them yourself, see onlineEXTRAS on p. 59.

When turning a hybrid blank, you’re working with two different materials at the same time, each with its own unique properties. Due to its hard, dense nature, resin is prone to chipping while turning with gouges or typical scrapers. But the new Easy Wood Tools Negative Rake Carbide Cutters are a game-changer for turning tough material. The angle of the negative rake virtually eliminates chipping, leaving behind a smooth surface. For more information on negative rake cutters, see the box at right.

Turned lidded boxes are quick and easy to make. The shape of your box is limited only by your creativity. But I’ll show you the basic process that you can apply to your own box. You’ll be churning out these boxes in no time and handing them out as gifts.

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