Dreidel Box Project…

Text will be of a minimum but the photographs should tell the story…

Start with a square blank between centres…turn a spigot for your chuck and rough down

Turn to a cylinder

Turn the handle and upper surface of the spinning top

Abrade to a finish and then make V cuts to frame the texturing

Scorch V cuts with a piece of formica, or colour with a black felt pen

Texture using the tool of your choice. Here I am using the Henry Taylor Decorating Elf.

Completed texturing.

Colour the texture. Here it is done with Sharpie felt pens.

Apply liming wax and buff to a finish

Turn away the waste at the bottom of the spinning top.

Take it down as far as you dare. Cut off and put to one side.

Mark diameter of the top on the cleaned up end and make a parting cut.

Mark the depth of the spinning top from the flat on the equator to the top of the handle.

Hollow to a little deeper than this depth to enable the top to be jam-chucked within the body.

Finish turn the underside of the spinning top.

Make complimentary V cuts and scorch as before.

Abrade to a finish and wax.

A gentle rap with the tool handle should release the top from the base. Abrade the interior and wax to a finish. Check the fit of top. Adjust if required and re-finish. Finish cut the exterior of the base, make V cuts and scorch, apply wax finish and then part off as far as you dare.

Use masking tape to protect the finished base and remount to enable finish turning the underside. Make the surface concave.

Add complimentary V cuts and scorch once again. Abrade and finish with wax.

Completed dreidel box.

An alternative version without colouring made from laburnum.

Now it’s your turn. Enjoy and turn safely.

3 thoughts on “Dreidel Box Project…

  1. Hi Andy
    I’ve recently started to learn how to turn bowls, but its really interesting to see how you have created the Dreidel Box and lid, which has given be a few tips and and few ideas.


  2. Hello Steve, thank you for the comments you’ve made today. You may find the YouTube videos also of interest. There’s a link on the sidebar of the main page.

    I’ve just had a look at your site and have to say I’m impressed. Once you master turning I expect you’ll have a thousand ideas to realise!

    I’m glad you’ve found a few things of interest here. If you have questions please feel free to email me.



  3. I’ve just come across your blog and have found it very interesting. I have been woodturning for several years now and am due to retire in the next couple of weeks. I plan to increase the amount of turning that I’m doing now that I’ll have more time on my hands and found your blog quite inspiring especially with regards to carrying out more work and development on my own website. I’ll be sure to check back regularly to your blog.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s