It’s not surprising that turners enjoy making wooden boxes just as much as people appreciate receiving them. This gem of a box can be used to package another gift, such as a piece of jewelry, or as a gift by itself. In addition, it’s easy to make, letting you transform a few special pieces of scrap into a prized possession.
This unconventional woodturning lets you expand your repertoire of projects while creating an attractive gift item or functional piece for the home in the Art Deco style. We used tiger maple for the base and upright pieces and ebonized the rims and beads for an eye-catching touch of class. A 6 × 25" piece of kiln-dried 4/4 stock is all you need, while glue and screws hold the bookend assemblies together.
Two simple turnings (the body or house and the top or roof) combine to form a delightful tree trimmer. Try a variety of contrasting woods for different looks, and use a simple brass screw eye to hang the ornament with a hook. This is an ideal assignment for a beginning turner wanting to make a memorable gift for friends and loved ones.