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Olive wood box

Friday night, just finished work (eight  hours behind a computer) what better relaxation than to create some shavings. This box, designed to hold a tablet of wax for my fly dressing, it is made of Spanish olive (Olea europaea). It turns on the lathe like a piece of cheese. The trick is to get the grain in the lid to match the grain in the base, for this as thin a tool as possible should be used to part the lid and the base. I think this has been achieved.

Note the groove left between the lid and the base. This allows for the fact that tensions and the ability of the material to move due to changes in atmospheric conditions will not be seen.

Inside the lid and base …

Here we see that the grain in the lid and base match. Sadly, woods of contrasting grain soon mellow with exposure to sunlight. Ah well, nice while it lasts …

Making happy shavings

Paul

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