Turning Small Decorative Boxes with Threaded Lids with Bill Clark April 29 - May 3, 2019


$825 tuition, $45 material fee
Key Points:
*Designing a box to incorporate a threaded lid
*Chucking techniques and box design
*Why end grain threaded boxes are better
*Using carbide tools for walls and smooth bottoms
*How to cut perfect threads with a threading jig
*Incorporating decorative elements to enhance a box
*A simple finish technique

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Small turned boxes are a favorite project of many woodturners. By adding threaded lids and decorative elements a simple box can be transformed into an elegant piece of work of which any turner would be proud. Bill has refined a simple method of mounting box blanks to a chuck which allows turning, remounting for threading of lids, adding decorative details, lid inserts and finishing. Students will use this easy chucking method in class. Designing boxes to use threaded lids, as well as adding decorative elements will be covered. In addition to using standard lathe tools, students will learn how to use two basic carbide tipped tools to turn straight walls for threading and how to accomplish clean end grain box bottoms with a smooth gentle curve. Bill will demonstrate how to accurately measure the base and lid to cut perfectly fitting threads. Students will then make different styles of threaded lid boxes. To cut the threads the class will be using the acclaimed Baxter Thread Master by Best Tool, which will be available for student use. Once students learn the simple threading process, the Baxter jig will make threading box lids easy and foolproof. Many different decorative elements will be explored, including etching, texturing, decorative lid inserts and contrasting woods. Students will make several boxes during the week which will allow them many opportunities to decorate their boxes. A quick and simple finish will be explained to complete each box.

There is an annual, nonrefundable registration fee of $45.

This registration fee is not a part of the class fee and is not deducted from the final balance due. This is the financial binding that locks you into the class and starts the registration process. This fee does not apply to students who only take one single day workshop.