Its made from Ash, and finished with a 3 stage buff and a food safe wax. It pivots at one point with a metal pin and stays closed using 2 rare earth magnets.
This wood was harvested from a local tree that fell down a few years ago at a school next door. Tree cutter guys are awesome when you show up with some frosty beverages for them. They cut a few nice blocks for me.
Step 1: Grab your wood and mount it to the lathe.
Whatever size you want to make is up to you. Keep your counter space or cooking area in mind.
Mine is going to someone who cooks a lot and has a large kitchen with lots of counter space and an island. I didn't even measure it until I finished it, but the finished dimensions are 6 1/2" diameter by 2 1/2" tall from top to bottom.
When you are choosing your block add at least 1" to what you want your finished product to be. You have to form a tenon for the chuck to grip to the bottom of the cellar as well as allow for the parting tool thickness to part the top from the bottom.
After you have chosen your block of wood mark centers on the top and bottom by using a ruler from corner to corner. This does not have to be perfect. just get it as close as you can. I don't think the block I had, had any square edges on it at all.
After you mark the centers, you can cut the corners with a miter saw it you want or you can use your band saw or even a hand saw. Cutting the corners will make it a little easier to turn in the beginning.
I first mounted it to the lathe using a Spur center and the live center in the tail-stock. Use a hammer place the drive spur in the center of the bottom of the cellar until the teeth are about 1/8" deep into block.
After you have it mounted sharpen your gouge, crank up the radio and get ready to have some fun!