c n w f there is .a special someone vou would like to charm this Christmas, one of these turned mirror boxes might be just the ticket. They're the perfect container for storing jewelry or favorite personal items. In fact, \ou could fill one with treasures for an extra-special holiday gift.
With most turned boxes, the lid and the base are turned from a single block of wood. The mirror boxes shown here are turned from two different pieces, so you don't haw to worry about matching the grain between the lid and the base. You can mix and match any woods you like for the top and bottom. Because the lid is more visible. I recommend turning it from a special piece of rare or highly figured wood.
You'll need to purchase a circular, beveled minor for the inside of the lid. The finished box will be about 1 in. larger in diameter than the mirror. First, decide what size box you want to make, then select a mirror size that's appropriate for the box. (Mirrors are available in diameters of 3 in., 4 in., 5 in. and 6 in. from Craft Supplies USA. 1287 E. 1120 S.. Provo, UT 84601,801 -373-0917). The specific contours of the lid and base are up to you. The drawing on the next page shows some dimensions for a suggested shape, but feel free to use your imagination by trying other shapes.
STEP 1. Cut out a dry piece of figured wood for the lid. The wood should be V* in. to 1 in. thick and at least 1 in. larger in diameter than t he d iameter of your mirror. (The I id and base in the drawing were turned from 4-in. dia. blocks.)
STEP 2. Mount the lid blank on a faceplate with a waste block. Make a waste block by truing a piece of scrap so both sides are flat and parallel. Cut out a 3-in. or 4-in. dia. circular section from the scrap and screw it to the faceplate. Mount the lid blank to the waste block with glue or double-sided tape. Move the tail stock into position and apply moderate pressure against the lid blank. Put a scrap piece in between to protect the lid from the point of the tail stock. Leave the temporary tail-stock "clamp" in place for five minutes if you're using double-sided tape, or if you're using glue, until
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