Picture of Spice Jars on a Wood Lathe
I made these tiny wooden spice jars on the wood lathe at TechShop in Pittsburgh.

These were more or less a project for experimenting and practicing on the lathe, and, as a result, the process of making each jar was slightly different.

We don't have a chuck for the wood lathe yet, which made this project a bit more of a challenge. I worked around the problem with a faceplate, scrap wood, and some wood glue.

I used Forstner bits to hollow out the containers while they were still on the lathe.

I made it at TechShop.

Step 1: Materials and equipment

Picture of materials and equipment
In the course of this project, I used...

- hardwood blank (the piece i used was two pieces of mahogany glued together - take a look at the picture)
- scrap wood
- wood glue
- screws
- sand paper (100, 150, 220, 400)
- mineral oil

- wood lathe
- face plate
- Forstner bits
- turning chisels
- measuring implement
- f-clamps
rahimbilal10 days ago

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Klem671 year ago
Nice work. I have turned a few of these myself and use a friction fit. You can make it tight enough that it is pretty close to air tight. Here is the book I used to learn how to do this. He also has a video but the book was a great resource for me. I hope it helps. These are a lot of fun to make.
kleinjahr2 years ago
Nicely done.On end turned boxes,generally, it is a suction or friction fit, wood to wood. I've yet to get that right myself. You could use a properly sized O ring or perhaps a rubber band inset.
JMRaphael2 years ago
Beautiful work! You might achieve an airtight fit using deer hide if you cut a small slit leading perpendicular to the edge of the jar, along the notch. The ends of the deer hide could be inserted in the slit. A small hole drilled at the end of the slit would provide a hole for a peg to friction anchor the deer hide. An example of this process (using sandpaper instead of leather) can be seen at the following instructable: http://www.instructables.com/id/Drum-Sander-for-Pillar-Drill-Drill-Press/ start the video around 3:14
blkhawk2 years ago
WUVIE2 years ago
My husband actually makes these, so I know all the work that went into these. I'm not sure who the recipient will be of these spice jars, but I'm here to say that I absolutely love mine, they are a special treasure that beats anything purchased from a store.

Love the Instructable, love the rounded lids. Great job!
These look great! This is one of those things I imagine fancy kitchens have :D