Silver Maple Crotch bandsaw box

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Project by DonSol posted 03-29-2015 10:57 PM 5072 views 12 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had this piece of silver maple crotch for several years and one day I was in the shed looking for a piece if walnut and ran across this piece. I never found the walnut (I know it is there) so I brought this into the shop. I sat there drinking my coffee, looking at it wondering what to do with it. Since the back didn’t have much of the crotch figure I decided to make a bandsaw box out of it.

Next morning I drew my design and glued it to the front of the block, cut out the shape, cut the back off. Then I started to cut out for the drawers and realized I couldn’t cut it the way I had planned it. I ended up cutting each drawer section separate. That did make it easier to cut out the block for the drawer and sanding the cavity. It also eliminated the top saw kerf. After I got every thing sanded, glued and sanded some more I finished it with Watco danish oil and wax.

I took it to a gallery here in town and two days later it was gone. I wish every thing would sell that quick.

The measurements are 9 1/2”w x 5”d x 13 3/4”h. The base is chakte viga and ebony. The knobs are also ebony.

-- Don Solomon, New Castle, IN; Quality is not an act, it is a habit. Aristotle

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#1 posted 03-30-2015 12:03 AM

Now that is very distinctive, it’s no wonder it sold so quickly. When people see things that really stand out amongst the other items, they “Just have to have it” before someone else gets the same idea.
Congratulations on a great job.
Thank you for sharing with us.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#2 posted 03-30-2015 12:42 AM

That is a very nice piece that looks like you spent a lot of hours on. Hope you charged enough!

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

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#3 posted 03-30-2015 03:05 AM

A very interesting BS box. Are you saying you had to cut each drawer section by themself and then glued each one back together in the stack? If so, you did a good job of hiding the cuts. Fun to make aren’t they. I have two more I am making right now…I think that should be over 100 I have made.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#4 posted 03-30-2015 02:54 PM

Thank you for the comments.

I put an “I don’t care if I sell it price” on it then added 10% more.

Larry, before I made the cuts I put a couple lines across each joint. When I sanded I just hit the joints lightly
to remove the saw marks so I wouldn’t change the contour of the joint area. Then carefully glued them one at a time back together making sure the lines lined up.

-- Don Solomon, New Castle, IN; Quality is not an act, it is a habit. Aristotle

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#5 posted 03-30-2015 02:56 PM

great looking box, what did you line the bottoms with? it looks like flocking.

-- Smitty!!!

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#6 posted 03-30-2015 04:59 PM

WOW – You did a very good job hiding the cut lines from what I see. Thanks for replying to Larry’s ?.
The “complexity” ratings is high for a box made with just with the band saw.
While I enjoyed making them, but don’t think I would ever consider this with all the sanding.
Well done!

-- Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a Dad

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#7 posted 03-30-2015 06:40 PM

Thanks again for the compliments.

Smitty, I use fabric and this is some kind of velvet. I cut it about a 1/2” wider than needed, spread craft glue on the back and put it in place. After it dries I use a single edge razor blade to trim it. Letting it dry stiffens the fabric and makes it easier to cut. Any excess glue cleans up with a damp cloth.

-- Don Solomon, New Castle, IN; Quality is not an act, it is a habit. Aristotle

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#8 posted 03-30-2015 07:24 PM

thanks for the info the fabric looks good.

-- Smitty!!!

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#9 posted 03-30-2015 08:11 PM

Very nice concept.In general the most successful projects are spontaneous so congratulations!

-- Personality and character of a man is like wood,you must polish it to shine.....

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#10 posted 03-30-2015 09:15 PM

Awesome design Thanks for sharing your great work

-- Patrick's work shop

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#11 posted 03-31-2015 12:37 AM

This is a wonderful band saw box project

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#12 posted 03-31-2015 06:50 PM

Outstanding shape, so complex. The stand is very nice, I like the red/brown colour of this wooden plate below.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#13 posted 03-31-2015 10:00 PM

Astonishing detail! What a magnificent BS box!
Love the base as well.
I just can’t figure out how you made the entry cuts for those drawers??

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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