I recently learned how to
make an oyster shaped box on the lathe. I used Silky Oak for
this demonstration. Here’s a step by step
version of how: Make a cylinder about 6 to 7 inches long and
about 3 to 4 inches in diameter, as shown in the next picture.
Approximately in the
center of this cylinder, cut a groove about ¼” deep and about 3/8”
wide. See next picture.
Then cut another groove
near one side of this groove. As shown.
The spigot on the
left will slip into a bell that you will cut into the piece on the
right. The tiny spigot that remains on this piece will serve
as a reference for the size of the bell that you will cut into it.
Now I cut the ends to fit
into my chuck. You could also use a pair of jam chucks and glue the
pieces into them. Now you can take the entire piece out of the
lathe and cut it through the remainder in the middle. You could also
part it off if you want.
Now put the piece with the
spigot back into the lathe.
As you can see, it has the
spigot facing out.