Crackled Bandsaw Box

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Project by James posted 06-25-2009 09:46 PM 4352 views 15 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got the wood for this little box from a broken chair seat. Not sure of the species.

To get the crackled effect, i used a dremel and carved out random shapes, about 1/16” deep, stained the whole box dark, sanded the surfaces, then used wipe on poly to finish. Inside is lined with green felt.

This little box has some great texture. Everyone who sees it has to pick it up!

All comments welcome.

-- James, Bluffton, IN

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#1 posted 06-25-2009 10:22 PM

That is so cool, nice to see so many people looking outside the box and coming up with so many unusual projects.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#2 posted 06-25-2009 11:55 PM

What a great idea and you did a fantastic job.

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#3 posted 06-26-2009 12:19 AM

nice job

-- Alex

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#4 posted 06-26-2009 02:39 AM

COOL! at first thought it was a nightmare inlay job! I can see why everyone wants to pick it up, so do I!

Great job.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#5 posted 06-26-2009 03:58 AM

I was afraid it was a puzzle box. didn’t look like a fun thing to try on a bandsaw!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#6 posted 06-26-2009 04:09 AM

Cool design very unique

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#7 posted 06-26-2009 04:17 AM

A great design. Nice job on the creation.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#8 posted 06-26-2009 05:18 AM

Thanks for your comments. They are greatly appreciated! I’m always trying to create unique designs, some of which do not turn out so well. It’s nice to hear positive feedback when I try something new.

LJ’s is the best, what a wonderful community we have here!

-- James, Bluffton, IN

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#9 posted 06-26-2009 06:10 AM

Super creative!! I love the way the random grooves make the whole box look fragile while still retaining the box integrity. Thanks for the details on how you finished it to get the look you were shooting for.

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

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#10 posted 06-26-2009 09:31 AM


As Charles said Super creative!!!! well done. You are succeeding in creating unique designs, I don’t think you should critical of yourself that some works do not turn out so well, let the rest of the world decide whether it is good or not.

For mine I think you should be puiblishing all of your work, do away with censorshhip!

Tony Ward

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#11 posted 06-26-2009 01:38 PM

Very cool. I bet you could do a faux alligator hide box the same way.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#12 posted 06-26-2009 03:36 PM

Neat idea. I love new, creative things


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#13 posted 06-26-2009 03:54 PM

Great work, a new perspective and technique. I do want to pick it up.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#14 posted 06-26-2009 04:06 PM

very nice!

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#15 posted 07-28-2009 09:24 PM

whoa i love it..

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

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