Wood turned boxes are a fun exercise in turning a 2-piece project; the base and the top. Wood turned boxes can be both beautiful and functional. They can be turned as artwork to be a conversation piece or they can be turned to be used as a storage container.
Since the boxes are round from being lathe-turned, they are significantly different than the square jewelry-style boxes that people think of when they hear the term, wood box.
The top of the box (the lid) can be fashioned in many ways. Some of the more common styles of tops are:
Loose fit – Fit is loose but not sloppy. If the box is sitting on the table and you pick up the lid, the box bottom will remain on the table.
Suction fit – The lid will go on and off easily, but it is snug enough that a discernable resistance can be felt due to the vacuum being created.
Snug fit – A snug fit is not difficult to remove, but it is tight enough that you could expect to put the box in a pocket or purse and not have the top come off.
Boxes can be made from one piece of wood, laminated wood, or even segmented wood. The tops can also be embellished with inlays, carving, or even ornamental turnings. Imagination is the only limitation for making wood-turned boxes.