Bandsaw Boxes

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Project by Dave Owen posted 01-15-2010 04:50 PM 7686 views 11 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This 4-drawer box was a magazine project, and my first bandsaw box. It was made from a cut-off of a solid piece of construction grade Cedar that I had intended to discard. I’m glad I didn’t. I didn’t realize what an interesting grain there was on the box side (as shown unfinished in another of the pictures) until after I had cut the box out. This box was finished with several coats of wipe-on Poly.

The Honduras Mahogany box was my second box made from one of the patterns in Lois Keener Ventura’s book “Building Beautiful Boxes with Your Band Saw. This box and the other six shown are all about 8-1/2” wide x 3-3/4” high x 5” deep.

The Walnut and the Yellowheart boxes are two of the final group of boxes shown in the last photograph that I made as Christmas gifts. These were also from the Lois Ventura book. The final seven boxes were all finished with two coats of Watco Natural Danish Oil and a coat of Briwax. All box drawers are lined with self-adhesive black felt.

It’s likely I’ll make only one or two more bandsaw boxes, but I found making them interesting, and they turned out to be highly-appreciated gifts.

-- Dave O.

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#1 posted 01-15-2010 05:24 PM

Great collection of band saw boxes they all look fantastic.


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#2 posted 01-15-2010 05:34 PM

Nice boxes. It seems we have the same book. I’ve done a few of the also.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#3 posted 01-15-2010 08:01 PM

Very impressive. I’m astounded thats your 1st bandsaw box! You certainly have a talent for these.
Thanks for sharing!

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#4 posted 01-15-2010 08:30 PM

I really like you bandsaw boxes. Your reveals on the openings, your sanding and finishing are all superb! I love doing bandsaw boxes and have told myself many times that this would be my last one, but I find it quite addictive coming up with new designs and you’re right, they make great gifts. I also started with Lois Keener
Ventura’s book. Keep up the great work and thanks for sharing.

-- John @

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#5 posted 01-15-2010 11:05 PM

Excellent work and I too doubt that this will be the end… I have made several and have orders for several more..

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#6 posted 01-15-2010 11:26 PM

looks good

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#7 posted 01-16-2010 09:33 AM

What size bandsaw and blade did you use? These look great!

-- Troy Bouffard || Master Sergeant, US Army (Retired) ||

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#8 posted 01-16-2010 01:05 PM

Your boxes look great Dave. I really like the smaller ones you made. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#9 posted 01-16-2010 04:23 PM

Many thanks to all for the nice comments on the bandsaw box. I appreciate them all.

Arctic Troy asked about the blade I used. Actually I used two. To cut off the back, and the front and back of the drawers I use a 1/2”, 3 tpi, thin kerf resaw bade (“Wood Slicer” sold by Highlands Hardware in Atlanta, GA.) It’s an incredible blade. I also used that blade to remove the drawer cavity, since I like square-cornered drawers rather than those with a corner radius. To do that, I first cut the sides, then cut away the center until I get about 1/16” or so from the bottom – and finally I ‘nibble’ away the bottom with the blade perpendicular to the bottom. Sounds slow, but it’s not. To smooth the sides and bottoms I cut a piece of MDF a little less than the width of the drawer compartment by 6” or 8” long, and glue 80 grit, self adhesive sandpaper to one side and 100 grit to the other.

For the exterior and interior curved cuts I used a 1/8” x 10 tpi blade I’d had for some time. I’m not sure of the brand. To help avoid overheating that blade, I jerry-rigged a hose from my shop vac, securing it adjacent to the blade just above the cut. That helped clear the blade kerfs and keep it cool, as well as keeping the cutline clear.

-- Dave O.

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#10 posted 01-23-2010 10:07 PM

That is a beautiful collection :)

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#11 posted 08-30-2010 07:55 AM

Fantastic work, very nice creation

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#12 posted 04-11-2012 04:56 PM

beee-u-teee-ful band saw boxes. I see you’ve got a “Kindergarten” floor in your shop also… hahaha I did the same thing around my bench’s, tools, and all around everything. It sure is much easier on the legs and back.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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