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Project by OldWrangler posted 05-28-2014 03:29 AM 2744 views 4 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I knew if I brought this in the house, it was gone and sure enough, Kathy says she has to have it. She just wants the last coat polished out and antler knobs put on the drawers. Believe it or knot, This wood is all very plain BKP with few knots and not much good color. I cut up 2 4/4×6” boards and laminated a bunch together with 1/4 ” seperators of Walnut. Then I stained with 2 coats of Minwax Golden Pecan and 3 coats of rattle-can poly.The effect came out good, definitely makes the drawers more interesting. The front is the only nice piece of the BKP because it has a great knot that worked into the pattern well. This was fun and I am already planning a modification on the next one.
The Stack of drawers is 15” tall x 6” wide and 6” deep. This was not a real difficult project since I had done something similar a couple of weeks ago in Red Cedar.

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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#1 posted 05-28-2014 04:50 AM

please please don’t take this the wrong way but what is it used for. I’m just a little confused by the design, no disrespect intended.

Iron Sides

-- Jesus was a carpenter... I'm just saying

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#2 posted 05-28-2014 09:27 AM

Iron Sides, have I ever got an answer for your question. What a project like this is used for is THERAPY. What this stack of boxes does is keep me going, gets my mind off some of the problems I used to brood about, gets me out of the house and gives me a reason to get up in the morning.
What do Band Saw Boxes do for anyone? For me, I think they are one of the projects I am left with as I am unable to do anything heavy or awkward. My Parkinson’s gives both hands a bad tremble when I am not using them to build. Out in my man cave the tremble is gone because my concentration is focused elsewhere. My arthritis, heart problems, diabetes and other minor maladies loosen their hold on me. I mostly get around in a med. scooter but with benches and machines to steady myself on, I stand and get around pretty good (only fallen a very few times) in my shop.
A year ago before I decided to get back in the shop I was declining more rapidly than I or my doctors wanted. Since getting back to my “man cave” I am stronger, more useful and not only have I lost 60 lbs. but my diabetes has come under control, my hands are not so stiff and don’t tremble nearly as much. THERAPY is the answer to your question.
What else does anyone used a Band Saw Box for? They are at best a poor jewelry box, a place to for keepsakes and a curiosity most people ask about. They kinda don’t have a purpose except I just really enjoy coming up with new and different designs and making them. All my projects must be small so I can handle them although I did build a small Table and a Towel Cabinet not long ago.
No offense or disrespect taken, I’m even glad you asked. I see you have your issues as I have mine and it seems we both have found a way of dealing with them. Close behind family and friends, woodworking has become a big part of my life. Finding this forum has been a God send. So many new friends, ideas, solutions and encouragement have come from these pages, I am ever thankful I stumbled on here.
So how about I add you as a buddy? Sorry folks that this answer is so long but that is just how it is.

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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#3 posted 05-28-2014 10:03 AM

Well Wrangler that sound like an offer I can’t much refuse. I really like your explanation because it relates to me in a way I can understand. I don’t yet have the creative nack to come up with very many of my own designs but I have a couple, (none of which are smooth flowing like a bandsaw box). I can’t wait to get back to the states and get my workshop set up so I can have more room and really focus. I like being with the fam while doing small stuff but if I want to actually get some real work done I end up going to the woodshop which of course costs moneys. Doing most woodworking aggravates my back no matter what i’m doing but it does distract me so that I don’t notice until after I’m done. It kind of brings me to another place when i’m trying to figure out what angle to saw right or trying to read the grain in a piece of wood. I am fortunate enough to still have good strength so I like to build furniture mostly, I just have to figure out the best and most effective way of doing it all. I look forward to going through some of your work, and on that note a mosying I will go!

Iron Sides

-- Jesus was a carpenter... I'm just saying

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#4 posted 05-28-2014 12:48 PM

very cool, great job

-- steve, simple and effective

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#5 posted 05-28-2014 02:48 PM

Thanks for the explanation and I’m very glad it is helping. I don’t have near as serious physical problems as you but I can some what relate. My work shop is my sanction and I spend as much time there as possible. When I first looked at the picture, it appeared to me to be a knife holder, because the thinner strips of wood looked like slots to my eyes early in the morning without enough coffee yet. Then I see the drawers pulled out and I thinking how does that work??! After another cup, I look again and it all cleared up.

Nice work!

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#6 posted 05-28-2014 04:35 PM

Cool! The walnut is so dark, it looks as if the pine is floating.

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#7 posted 05-28-2014 05:16 PM

Nice work!

Wood was/is therapy for many of us!

It is very difficult to not be thinking about what you are actually doing while doing it!

I make a lot of small things—- just for me.

Keep it up.

Also I try to make the shop “COMFORTABLE”—- decent stools-cushions and light and even heat when needed. Sometimes even the cd player but only sometimes!
Tried listening to “talk radio” decided that was the idiots that I was in the shop to avoid!

My biggest shop problem is that it is IN THE HOUSE—— Totally attached—- they can walk straight into it! Not even have to go outside! My ND shop had a 100 foot separation from the house.. Much better buffer zone! Especially over winter!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#8 posted 05-28-2014 06:44 PM


-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#9 posted 05-28-2014 09:54 PM

Nice box and a great explanation of why we build boxes! Keep on keepin on my friend.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#10 posted 05-29-2014 12:12 AM

It seems that so many of us share the woodworking experience for similar reasons depending on our situations. The Band Saw Boxes are really made for me. I give a lot of them away but every now and then I create something I can’t part with. They go on shelves in different rooms.
Today was a real good example of what this means to me. In over 6 hours in the shop, I managed to convert some very nice BKP into trash can fodder and scrap. Nothing I did went right, Boards shifted while being glued, snapped a nearly new 1/4” Timberwolf and as I come in for the night all I accomplished was a couple of rub on coats of poly on 2 projects from last week. Days like this used to bother me but now it is part of my average day and I am thankful I am able to be out in the shop doing anything.
Most all of my relatives who are gone now lived into their late 80’s and early 90’s and I expect this will be my fate also. Yee Gods, where am I gonna put all those Band Saw Boxes?

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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#11 posted 05-29-2014 01:14 AM

I love this project because of how inspirational your reason for building it is. It shows what creativity can really do for people. Also, the use of just common construction lumber is great. I use it a lot too because it’s laying around and it’s cheap to experiment with. I find it really interesting to see a rough piece of 2×4 morph into something that’s worth looking at. This is easily one of my favorite projects, keep up the awesome work.

-- Tristin King -- When in doubt, sand it.

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#12 posted 05-29-2014 04:21 AM

I have been impress by your projects and creativity, now I AM REALY IMPRESSED kEEP UP THE GOOD WORK AND THERAPY.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#13 posted 05-29-2014 06:26 PM

What did you expected, when you make such nice box, you should put a sign- ’’keep away of wife’’.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#14 posted 06-02-2014 02:04 PM

I love your explanation and I love this box. The drawer front on the middle drawer reminds me of a seashell. I love the walnut touch. I think the box has a combination of simple design and elegant touches that make it unique.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#15 posted 09-17-2014 10:07 AM

90% of everything I do is from an old office chair, so I can identify with your therapy views. My shop is my refuge from the world and my discomforts. You described my maladies exactly. I can no longer work surgery because my arthritis is so bad I can’t hold the instruments. Can’t hear well enough to work the floors, so I am out to pasture just waiting for the vet to put me down. I do fall if I stand for more than a few minnutes at a time, so I have to plan my actions and budget my standing time. My bride does a lot of the work that requires close toleranses because I can’t do fine movements any longer. We gimps are a brotherhood that support each other and not all of us are GHOFs. (Gray headed old farts.) I am only 66, rode hard and put away wet.

-- Still trying to master kindling making

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