My first (yes .... another guy with a first one) bandsaw box

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Project by sval229 posted 06-14-2009 01:04 AM 1841 views 5 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my FIRST bandsaw box. I’ve wanted to make one for years but never got around to it. There was always something else to do. My youngest daughter asked for a small box to put her rings and small stuff in so I figured it was a good time to try it out. I had a hard time laying out a decent design by myself, so I picked up a book by Lois Ventura and used one of her designs.
I used white oak and walnut I had in my short bin and made the pulls from tiger maple. Everything was given a few coats of orange shellac (except the pulls) and then I sprayed several coats of clear dewaxed shellac, sanding between coats. Last was a coat of wax hand buffed.
The drawers are flocked with wine colored fibers.
Best part is I can say I made it “single handedly”. My right arm is still in a sling from my rotator cuff surgery last month. The wife is giving me heck, but she understands I need my shoptime “fix”.
I used a 1/4” 4 tooth Carter blade on my jet 14” saw. The box is about 5” deep and I wanted to make sure I could clear the chips. Can anyone tell me if I should maybe use something different in the future??? Always open to suggestions from the pros.

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#1 posted 06-14-2009 01:09 AM

pretty as a picture,very nice well done

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#2 posted 06-14-2009 01:18 AM

I wish I could do that well with my arm in a sling. As a matter of a fact, wish I could do that well anytime. Great job, particularly for a first box. Great spacing around the drawers. Great finish. Bet that daughter’s gonna have rings in this box for many years.

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

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#3 posted 06-14-2009 01:32 AM

That is a very nice bandsaw box. My first one looked like it had been beaten with a hammer!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#4 posted 06-14-2009 02:13 AM

Great looking box! Don’t know how you did all that sanding with one arm in a sling. Can’t wait to see what you do with two good arms. lol I’ve done a few band saw boxes and know how much work goes into each one. Remember with band saw boxes….. your only limitation is your imagination ( and the size of your band saw)! keep up the great work and look forward to seeing more.

-- John @

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#5 posted 06-14-2009 05:07 AM

Looks like a very nice box. What kind of flocking did you use? Was it easy to apply?

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#6 posted 06-14-2009 06:34 AM

Really nice looking Box!! Wood combos look good as well. Even more impressive is you did it one handed. I use a 3/16 blade on my saw but I know alot of band saw box makers like the 1/4 better. So if you want to try a 3/16 and see which you prefer.


-- If at first you don't succeed...Don't try skydiving

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#7 posted 06-14-2009 08:34 AM

One armed?!? OK, I quit! Just kidding about the quitting part. Not sure I could if I really wanted to. However, that is a wonderful box. Welcome to the box club, no one gets out alive. I haven’t used oak for boxes yet, although I can’t think of why I haven’t.

My absolute favorite wood to make these boxes from is Padauk. It works really well and the color is amazing (although it browns after a while). Purpleheart finishes well but highlights any errors in sanding. Canarywood is also great. The colors explode when the finish is applied and little scratches are not easily seen. Yellowheart is up there on the list as well. It shimmers when finished and retains a very bright yellow.

Keep up the great work!

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

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#8 posted 06-14-2009 08:45 AM

A very nice box indeed…though I can’t say I have ever heard of a band saw box.


-- "Always keep your pencil sharp and ready"

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#9 posted 06-14-2009 12:44 PM

Very nice first. Looks like it could have been a 30th.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#10 posted 06-14-2009 01:00 PM

About as nice as they get, first or not, one arm or two.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 06-14-2009 01:08 PM

I must look for Lois’s latest book.
Well cut and looks like you spent mucho time sanding to get the desired level of finish. Nice to see a finished box with insides of the drawers finished with flocking. I feel it makes a difference.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#12 posted 06-14-2009 02:03 PM

That is a nice looking box that you have posted. I like the wood combination, especially the maple pulls which add a nice visual contrast to the box. As Larry said, the flocking completes the finished look to the box. I have been meaning to turn out one of these as well, but I just have not found the time- something to which I am sure you can relate.

Thanks for the inspiration to get started on one of these.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#13 posted 06-14-2009 02:16 PM

As everyone has said ~ well done. My only suggestion is to use a higher tpi blade, my preference is for a 14tpi, at the minimum a 10tpi – reduces the amount of sanding as the machine marks are minimal.

Watch out you could become known as the one arm bandsawn box maker!

Tony Ward

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#14 posted 06-14-2009 02:39 PM

A real beauty for your first one, & very well done.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#15 posted 06-25-2011 11:51 PM

Great box and for a even great cause

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

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