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EDC boxes inspired by Shawn Graham of WorthEffort

Discussion in 'Turners' Completed Projects' started by caspianx67, Mar 26, 2020.

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    I made this set of Every Day Carry boxes for my dad, brother-in-law, and nephew for Christmas this past year. The Cross of Lorraine is the insignia of the 79th Infantry Division, the unit my grandfather served in during WWII. He used it on numerous personal items throughout his life — polo shirts, hats, even wood burned on a chest he made for me when I was a child.

    When I turned the boxes I had a hard time keeping the rotational axis precisely in line with the tenon and hole, so if the lid doesn’t go on exactly how I finish turned it, it behaves like a cam and makes an edge. So, I wood burned the Cross to indicate how the two pieces are supposed to line up.

    Finished with a homemade beeswax and mineral oil mix. Dad is carrying his toothpicks in his.

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    Cool boxes,the insignia is pretty cool to.
     
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    Nice!! Bet they can hold a good sized cigar
     
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    They're a little small for a cigar, as the interior space is 1/2" diameter by 3" long. Perfect for toothpicks, a small sewing kit, or maybe a couple $20s rolled up. If you want to put a normal sized cigar in one, you'll need to upscale the piece.
     
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    Great “box” design, really like it. Concerning the off center issue, some of the folks have discussed issues with peppermills. Been wondering about that as I have hesitated trying one.
     
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    Those are cool Matt! Since you are in a historical turning club, do you use a pedal lathe or something similar?
     
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    Those are cool!!
     
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    Well, I don't have any answers for this yet. On a peppermill, it seems like if the top is intentionally a different diameter than the body, it should hardly be noticeable. On small items like this it's a little more obvious. I'll be looking around the forums to see if anyone has some insight for us!
     
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    I've got a Jet 1220VS -- it's an older model, variable speed with a 6 position belt, and no reverse. That's the one I use for most of my turning. The first lathe I got is a Delta LA200 mini, and I'm using it as a dedicated buffing machine with my Beall wheels. The Association of Revolutionary Turners is a modern turning club. I don't know of anyone with a pedal lathe. Jet, Delta, Robust, Powermatic, and others abound!
     
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    Cool project! Love the insignia on these.

    Some things I've done to help with off center issues. First, make sure your head/tail stock are precisely centered to each other. Next, make sure you've got a good shoulder on the tenon for jaws to register against. Always use tail stock to center items in jaws, and not a bad idea to use tail stock when turning to keep things centered. Make sure if drilling on lathe that your Jacobs chuck and drill bit line up perfectly with head stock. Check your drill bit to make sure it doesn't have any run out. Drill slowly and clean shavings often. Use sharp bits. One other note, moisture changes can often be enough to make joints go wonky.

    BTW, that isn't a list from some book, it's things I've had problems with myself, and learned to check/correct to prevent problems.
     
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    I never thought of this design and usage. Nice story to go along with it.

    Also, I use Brad point bits for drilling.
     
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    The WorthEffort video is here
     
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    Very nicely done!
     
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