Turning a lidded box is a great lathe project. They make great gifts and are easy to create using basic turning skills. This woodworking class provides tips for hollowing the narrow, deep interior, creating decorative chatter on the lid and using a specialty chuck for the entire turning process.

Look for a chuck on which all four jaws move together, keeping your turning perfectly centered on the lathe. You should get one that is correctly threaded for your machine. Many chucks are made so that you can use different inserts with different threads in the body. To start, mount the blank, which should be about 2″ x 2″ x 8″ between the chuck and the tailstock. Advance the tail center into the center of the blank before tightening the jaws of the chuck to make sure you are dead center.

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