Arched Bandsaw Box

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Project by James posted 06-07-2009 01:14 AM 3269 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After your kind words on my first bandsaw box I had to try another!

This one is red oak and poplar laminated into a 4”x4”X10” block. Finish is Watco Ducth Oil rubbed on and 2 coats of poly sanded between coats. Pulls are unstained poplar. I really like the grain pattern on the front. Didn’t get as much contrast as I would have liked between the two woods after I stained them with the dark walnut color, but I wanted to go dark to hide some of the burn marks the bandsaw blade left. Am considering lining the drawers with some felt. Hate to hide wood though, even if it is a little burnt! Overall I am quite pleased with the box and will certainly make some more of these little nifties.

Please feel free to leave positive/negative comments, I enjoy the feedback and your ideas, suggestions, and wisdom will only make me better in the long run. Thanks for looking.

-- James, Bluffton, IN

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#1 posted 06-07-2009 01:31 AM

Told you bandsaw boxes can become addictive, There is much improvement with this one. Maybe keeping the wood moving through the curves might eliminate some of the burn marks. Your two drawers match very well. Spaces are even overall. Like the contrasting wood used for handles. Great box.

-- Gary, Huntsville. Two wrongs don't make a right, but three lefts do.

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#2 posted 06-07-2009 02:14 AM

i think your project turned out really well, i havent done those type before, i do think a dark wood like walnut or wenge would have looked good for drawer handles…or maybe even some rosewood…keeep up the great work…grizzman

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 06-07-2009 04:37 AM

thanks guys!


I agree as soon as i get a little more practice im gonna make a trip to Woodcraft and stock up on some of the nicer woods.. For now I dont want a bunch of expensive firewood though :)

-- James, Bluffton, IN

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#4 posted 06-07-2009 05:28 AM

nicley done

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#5 posted 06-07-2009 10:05 AM

Like Bama said, watch out, band saw boxes are extremely addictive. They allow you to stay as simple as you want or escalate to as complicated as you want. I like the look of the oak. I haven’t used oak before for band saw boxes.

Your lines are definitive and balanced. It shows great workmanship on your part. It looks like you learn every time you do one so just keep it up!

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#6 posted 06-07-2009 12:22 PM


Very well done, this work demonstrates your bandsaw machining skills are at a high level, well done!

I suspect that you have fine sanded the cabinet interior, that is the drawer cavities and the external sections of each drawer? If the answer is in the affirmative, then I say no – it is not necessary. It is only necessary when there are excessive machine marks apparent and if so only the very lightest of sanding is required. If it is, as it appears with this work there are a minimal amount of machine marks apparent then sanding is not required.

My argument against sanding the interior of the cabinet and the drawers emanates from the ambition to have a drawer which fits neatly and is located centrally within the cabinet cavity with the least amount of gap. Yes I will fine sand the drawer cavities, but not the external parts of the drawer.

Tony Ward

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#7 posted 06-07-2009 02:07 PM

That Oak looks stunning Hackman…..very nice job.

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