Woodturning Valentine’s Box With Infinite Axis Chuck

Woodturning Valentine’s Box With Infinite Axis Chuck

Hi, Alan Stratton, from As Wood Turns (www.AsWoodTurns.com)
The makes of this wood, FrogBlanks.com, asked me to try to create different turned items
with their wood. They provided this wood for me. With Valentine’s Day coming up I thought
I should make something for my wife for Valentine’s Day. I decided to turn this little cross grain
box using the FrogBlanks wood here as a lid. What I like about this wood is when I can
use this wood and turn it so that it exposes the layers across the surface as you’ve
seen in other projects. This time, in order to get this random effect
of this totally unduplicatable topology on this lid, I used the Infinite Axis Chuck that
I had not made a video on for quite a while. I decided to use the chuck. But then, I had another problem with the back
side of the lid. Previously I had typically finished the flat
before I turned the item. This time I did not want to do that because
I wanted to hollow the lid. How do I do that? I tried one thing that did not work. I’ll explain that in the video. The other was how to make a jam chuck for
something very flat and without wasting a lot of wood. This jam chuck is out of MDF and was not thick
enough. So, it did not totally succeed. It needs to be thicker and probably out of
something not as nasty as MDF. I’m making this lid from the FrogBlanks
wood. If you check the description below, they are
providing a coupon code for a period of time for that product if you want to try it yourself. Let’s make this little cross grain box with
the lid made with the Infinite Axis Chuck for my wife for Valentine’s Day. I’m starting with the base. This is cross grain kiln dried maple. I’m pressing the wood against my closed
chuck with live center pressure. For now, I only want to round this off. Most importantly, cut a tenon for a proper
chuck mount. I’m using my large bowl gouge. BTW, I’m not using dividers anymore to mark
a diameter on the wood. I’ve had too many close calls. Instead, I’m measuring with calipers, making
a mark, rotating the mark around the wood, checking to see how close it is. This is much safer for me. I nearly always finish off tenons with my
skew. Then, I can reverse the wood into the chuck
for a reliable hold. For now, I only want to true up the diameter
to be close to my ultimate objective. I’ll revise it later. I lost some video where I mounted a piece
of Frogwood to a work platform and rounded it into a dome. Then sanded it up through all the grits. When using the Infinite Axis Chuck, I always
sand completely since I may never be able to sand it that part again. So now, the Frogwood is sanded to 400 grit. I’m cutting a shallow tenon that will blend
into the design. I’ll use it later to finish the bottom side. Now for the fun part using the Infinite Axis
chuck. This is a plumbing fitting with a ball joint
and a work platform. It is not only off axis, it produces skew
axes, turning axes that are not parallel. I use the live center to point to where the
feature will be cut. My spindle gouge is freshly sharpened. I’m careful to stay on my side of the tool
rest. When the lathe is one, I watch for ghosts,
they are my friends and are my only guide while the lathe is on. Skew feature number 2. One note here, I only sand into my cut with
the lathe running. That is the only place that has a stable surface. I touch up with the lathe off. That is why I sand the background completely
before turning skew features. Skew feature number 3. This one, I apparently did not get the chuck
tight enough. It slipped. I have to re-position, re-tighten, and cut
it deeper. Skew feature number four is smaller. No extra event here. It goes quickly. Skew feature number 5. This one intersects a couple previous skew
features. That will be enough for this lid. Then part off the Frogwood from the work platform. I cut away too much of that tenon on the top
surface. It will not hold. So I’m creating an experimental jam chuck. I’m using MDF and cutting a tenon on one
side. After reversing the MDF, I’m cutting a recess
to fit the lid into. The difference from the typical jamb chuck
is that after fitting the lid to the MDF, I’m cutting the MDF into quarters. A rubber band tries to hold them together
while I put the lid into the jam chuck into the chuck jaws. Now that I can address the bottom side I can
finish it. This includes cutting a hollow that the base
will fit into and a center hollow to lighten the lid. The lid does not fit that well into the chuck. I’m really nervous that it will stay in. I’m keeping the live center pressure in
place to the bitter end. Only then can I back off the live center and
take out the center nub and sand it. I should have also applied finish but did
not. Now that the lid is finished, I can return
to the bottom portion of the box. I need to reduce the diameter to be slightly
less than the lid. Then fit the top edge to the recess in the
lid. Now to hollow the box portion. I’m doing most of the hollowing with my
bowl gouge. With most of the wood gone, I switch to a
box scraper to straighten the sides and bottom. Then sand the interior and apply an odorless
wax finish. Next to finish the bottom of the box. I’ve reversed the box onto the jaws with
expansion pressure. The live center maintains pressure for safety. But a rubber stopper prevents damage to the
bottom. But, I stop to measure to ensure I do not
blow through the bottom. With the box sanded, I’m cutting a couple
of grooves on the bottom for decoration. After signing, I’m applying shellac friction
polish to the box exterior and the top and bottom of the lid. Something I should have done earlier. Finally, to buff out the finish. I like this setup with the extender to which
I can mount my buffs. First Tripoli; followed by white diamond;
and ultimately carnauba wax. Whew, just in time for Valentine Day. I trust my wife will enjoy it. It was a great opportunity to try the laminated
Frogwood with the Infinite Axis Chuck. The base is typical cross grain. Since it is cross grain, I’ve kept the lid
fit loose. The Frogwood nicely highlights the skew features
on the lid. This box is unique and can never be replicated
exactly. Please give this video a thumbs up, subscribe
on my website, tell your friends and send me your comments and questions. Every week I make a new woodturning video. There are now 8 years worth; over 400 videos
to choose from on my web site. But, please wear your full-face shield – anytime
the lathe is running. Until next week’s video this is Alan Stratton
from As Wood Turns dot com.


  • William Ellis

    February 7, 2020

    That's definitely beautiful, Alan. She should be thrilled with it. Let us know.

  • David Kuhns

    February 7, 2020

    The segmented jam chuck might not be a new Idea, but it is one I haven't thought of and haven't seen before, I'll certainly use it in the future.

  • Cortland Hunt

    February 7, 2020

    Very 60’s looking but cool! 👍🇺🇸

  • David Morgan

    February 7, 2020

    That's cool Alan! The Wife will Love it! Thanks for sharing.
    Take care, Dave

  • Glen Crandall

    February 7, 2020

    Great box Alan. I'm sure your wife will love it. Thank you for sharing. Always good stuff coming out of the Stratton shop.

  • Gary Thomas

    February 7, 2020

    Beautiful box Alan like the multi-axis turning neat, thanks for sharing.

  • Mike Benjamin

    February 7, 2020

    That was unique!..very nice!👍🏻👍🏻

  • David Adamsen

    February 7, 2020

    Nicely done, Alan!

  • Lévis Madore

    February 7, 2020

    How amusing and creative. Love it.

  • H F Bowern Designs - Harold Bowern

    February 7, 2020

    Beautiful box and lid Alan. I definitely will have to make the chuck.
    Thanks for sharing
    Take care

  • rschandran

    February 8, 2020

    I have been following your channel for several years now. You have some really useful and unique techniques while using readily available materials. Although I have seen other YT videos using the multi-colored laminates, this one is really unique and has a "psychedelic" appearance. I am going to try this for one of my next projects. BTW is the Frog Log a laminate of different colored hardwoods or is it dyed wood of the same species? Rama

  • Thomas Coker

    February 8, 2020

    Alan; Liked the project. It was something different. However, the dubbed in music was too loud and distracting sometimes (downright annoying at others). Other that that, I enjoyed the video. Cheers, Tom

  • MPart

    February 8, 2020

    OMG Alan 😮 This is wonderful 🏆🎨👍 And for once my need for symmetry is not rearing up. Lovely !!!! -Mike

  • Valerie Henschel

    February 8, 2020

    Very nice use of the off center chuck!

  • Cliff Stetson

    February 8, 2020

    Thank you Alan from all of us at FrogBlanks. We always enjoy the clever and unique ways that you utilize our material.

  • Frank Ingram

    February 8, 2020

    Looked great Alan. Do you know what kinds of woods went into that blank? I am sure the misses will love both the box and whatever type of wristwatch you put in it. I hope you and your wife have a lovely Valentine's Day. God Bless my friend.

  • Tomas Arguinzoni

    February 8, 2020

    Very nice box 👍🏼👍🏼

  • Gary McCoy

    February 8, 2020

    Thanks Alan. I must have missed the video on your chuck. I’m not sure if you are still sending out your plans, but just in case I sent you a request. Thanks again for you very instructive videos.

  • steven jobbins

    February 9, 2020

    Alan you come up with the most technical and coolest ideas

  • Mohammed Gamlo

    February 10, 2020

    Very nice box. Wished there two like buttons 👍. Surely your wife will enjoy it.

  • George Brill

    February 11, 2020

    Really nice box. Congratulations


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