Woodturning a Lidded Box

  • Monday, October 18, 2021
  • Tuesday, October 26, 2021
  • 3 sessions
  • Monday, October 18, 2021, 3:00 PM 6:00 PM (PDT)
  • Tuesday, October 19, 2021, 3:00 PM 6:00 PM (PDT)
  • Tuesday, October 26, 2021, 1:00 PM 4:00 PM (PDT)
  • BARN Woodshop Studio, Class Code: WO101821BA
  • 2


  • $173 + $15 materials fee
  • $133 + $15 materials fee


This class has prerequisites. Please see below.

Learn how to create a lidded wooden box to hold a range of small items – candy, rings, trinkets – or just for show or gift-giving. Turning wooden boxes is an enjoyable, creative past-time; it’s also a skill-builder that encourages you to employ a variety of tools and techniques.

In this class you will make a classic cylindrical box with a fitted lid from a single piece of stock. You will use not only familiar tools such as a roughing gouge and spindle gouge, parting tool and scrapers, but also explore using a skew to help the quality of finish and provide crisp transitions. You will learn the sequence of steps that must be followed to successfully complete a box with a precision fit to the top, and how to create and use a jam chuck for finishing the bottom.

This class is designed for turners who have mastered the basics and long to expand their techniques.


  • * Open to students who have successfully completed BARN's Intro to Woodturning class or have demonstrated equivalent lathe safety and turning skills during a private studio session with the Lathe Program Coordinator. To schedule that, contact Jamie Straw, (360) 551-9233, and arrange a review session at least 10 days before this class.
  • * Students must also have taken our free, one-hour Orientation to the Woodshop class, Woodshop Tool Safety Checkout 1 and Woodshop Tool Safety Checkout 2. If you have not taken these classes, please register for them before you enroll in this class. For times and to register, see the Woodworking Calendar.
  • Ages 14+ are welcome.
  • BARN is practicing safety measures for the health and well-being of all participants, in accordance with state and CDC guidelines. Overall BARN safety policies are here.
  • You must wear safety glasses and closed-toe shoes, tie back long hair, and avoid loose-fitting clothing and jewelry. We recommend bringing your own safety glasses.
  • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply.

Instructor: Bob Abresch. Bob is a long-time woodworker who started turning two years ago when the BARN facility opened. He has taken classes from several notable local turners and has enjoyed creating a variety of turned objects which, much to his surprise and delight, have been popular items at BARN’s annual bazaar.

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