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Project by aloysius posted 09-24-2014 09:27 PM 1469 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been watching the Bandsaw Box craze with interest for a while. So, near Valentine’s Day, like most men, I was scrambling for ideas on what to give my lovely wife? Ah Ha . . let’s try a bandsaw box?!

The design was, of course, based on that day of giving of hearts . . soooo . . a heart shape seemed appropriate?! I was able to re-saw and glue up some 20 year old downed cedar from near our cabin on the Dry Frio River in the Hill Country of central Texas to use as the base box. For the heart, I used some cherry that a friend had brought back from Pennsylvania about 15 years ago. I had decided to use our initials somewhere and also to try pulls made from found cedar branches. Once bleached for a year or so in the sun, these twisted, curled and lined pieces of wood have always held an appeal of the natural environs for me.

It was an interesting project and made even more so since I was trying to hide it from prying eyes while also trying to complete it ahead of the fateful day. All ended well . . SHE (who must be obeyed) LOVES IT!!

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#1 posted 09-25-2014 01:45 AM

Very nicely done—incorporating several innovations. I like what you’ve created.

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#2 posted 09-25-2014 07:32 AM

What a lovely BS box. I love it when one thinks outside the box. Thanks for sharing

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#3 posted 09-25-2014 12:55 PM

very nice box. I like the way you incorporated the initials.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#4 posted 09-25-2014 01:44 PM

I love the look of this. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 09-25-2014 06:38 PM

Very nice on several levels – design, execution & finish! And this is your first one – wow!

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#6 posted 09-26-2014 11:46 AM

A nice job on that bandsaw box, the over lay drawer panels I find is a nice way of hiding the cut lines on the inside, I am curious though on the wood since we have mostly juniper here in Texas, is that cedar or juniper? I’ve not worked with either as of yet.

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#7 posted 09-26-2014 12:23 PM

Well, Blackie . . now I’m more confused than ever about the wood!!

According to the folks at the “ranch” where our cabin is located (near Reagan Wells, TX) it’s cedar. I have heard the trees referred to as juniper by some also, so, I’ve just looked up juniper on Wikipedia and this is what it says:

“Juniperus ashei (Ashe Juniper, Post Cedar, Mountain Cedar, or Blueberry Juniper) is a drought-tolerant evergreen shrub or small tree, native to northeastern Mexico and the south-central United States north to southern Missouri; the largest areas are in central Texas, where extensive stands occur. It grows up to 10 metres (33 ft) tall, rarely 15 metres (49 ft), and provides erosion control and year-round shade for wildlife and livestock.”

So, it could be Ashe Juniper, Post Cedar, Mountain Cedar or Blueberry Juniper??!!

Whatever it is . . . I love the color and textures of this “desert driftwood”. And it certainly makes for some interesting drawer pulls?!

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#8 posted 09-26-2014 12:26 PM

And, by the way . . . photos of the bowl and bandsaw box were taken in our Austin backyard sitting atop a couple 20 year old “desert driftwood” stumps that I had brought back to town from the cabin.

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#9 posted 10-01-2014 10:29 AM

Ah OK nice to know, I’ve never really looked it up either and wouldn’t be able to tell them apart anyway, it’s just mostly what I’ve heard.

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