A good friend of mine gave me a block off spalted maple so I decided to turn a lidded box on my lathe. The block was 6 x 6 x 4 inches thick in size and the corner had a bad place that was too soft. I started buy cutting the block into a circle and then mounted it on the lathe. After turning both the bottom and the lid, I then turned the finial from a scrap piece of blackwood. after turning the finial and before parting the piece I made sure that I cut a tenon so that I could mount the finial to the lid.
This box measures 5 inches in diameter and 3-1/8 inches high, I think it turned out really nice!
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42 thoughts on “Spalted Maple Lidded Box”
if I was a person who was a 21st century texter, rather than a last century hunt and peck message sender, I’d be screaming OMG 🙂
Beautiful Michael!!!! Absolutely gorgeous!!!
Each time I think you’ve reached the top of your game, you always surprise me 🙂
Bravo my friend!!!
ps–go check you e-mail. . .
good evening Julie! thank you very much, I wasn’t sure how the black spalting would look because the outside of the block didn’t have so much. 🙂
beautiful! very exotic looking wood!
thank you Tex!
Absolutely stunning! What a beautiful wood, perfect for the lidded box. Someday I just may use a lathe again, needless to say it has been years since those days in shop class in school! A lathe is one of the few tools my husband doesn’t have.
thank you Gretchen! You should try the lathe again, as you know it is fun!
It’s more than really nice, Michael! It’s absolutely gorgeous!!
thank you Selma!
Absolutely beautiful! I love the grain pattern. 🙂
Thank you Lindy, it turned out nice and more black spalting than I expected!
Your skills and that beautiful piece of wood sure equal one gorgeous project. Wow.
thank you Judy! 🙂
Wow!!! that is so incredibly beautiful, the wood, the box the craftsmanship is beyond belief. Holy Cow Michael you are brilliant.
thank you Suzanne!! I am going to make a lime pound cake and a coconut cake for a party this weekend. I decide I am going to make your coconut frosting for the coconut cake!! I hope I can pull it off ok! I got contacted again from The Grommet, they requested a sample. Today I got contacted by The Shoppe, http://scoutmob.com/?ref=glob_tab_shp they are really interested, third time we have talked. Wish me luck!
The frosting is simple it’s just a whipped cream frosting (stabilized) and coconut covering the cake. Hope it works for you. I am so excited about Grommet but even more so for Scoutmob, they are big and I think it could be wonderful for you. Congratulations, let me know how it goes. Fingers crossed for you.
Your recipe sounds great, my coconut frosting recipe was my grandmothers. I always make it so when I saw your recipe I wanted to try something different for a change! I think I would prefer Scoutmob but I will take either!
You deserve every single bit of recognition. I really can see your work in The Shoppe.
This is a really beautiful work of art Michael. Next time I do a post about the fungus that causes spalting in wood I might ask you if I can use this photo to show people what you can do with spalted wood.
You should definitely make more of these. Flame birch, birds eye maple, curly maple, burl, all of them!
Thank you Allen, that would be fine to use my picture! Let me know and I can send it to you. Everyone has said the same thing that I need to make more of them. thanks again,
Wow, that is a truly unique piece. Well done, you!
thank you Benjamin!
It is beautiful! Looks so smooth!
thank you Bernice, it is smoother than glass, sanded to 12,000 grit!
Yes it looks like glass!!
Wow, that came out stunning!
thank you Kathryn!
thank you 🙂
hi Sue, thank you!!
Such interesting wood, and such a perfectly elegant design, Michael. Is it for Debbie? What a lovely piece. Best wishes, WG
Hi Elizabeth! Oh yea, apalted maple is beautiful but you never know how much black lines there will be until you cut it. This one is for Debbie! 🙂
She is so fortunate! What a great place to keep ear rings, or other precious things 😉
Yes it is…!
Beautiful Mike! We love the grain pattern! So talented – really !
Absolutely gorgeous, Michael.
Beautiful box! I’ve got to learn how to do that!
thank you Scott 🙂