Bandsaw boxes

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Project by Jon Spelbring posted 02-21-2010 12:31 AM 2649 views 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Since I have a decent bandsaw, I thought I’d take a stab at bandsawn boxes. This was last April. I used some patterns from a book – I wanted to get a few under my belt before I tried my own designs. Overall, it didn’t go too badly. The only one that I seriously messed up on was the Walnut one (my first). Next came a Cherry, and lastly a Butternut. It was fun, and I plan to make more, now that I know some of the “gotchas”. Plus, I recently picked up one of the Carter stabilizer guides. We’ll see how it goes.

If I remember right, the walnut box is finished with Watco oil, and on the other two I used the Beal buffing system (wax).

Thanks for looking!

-- To do is to be

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#1 posted 02-21-2010 12:36 AM

Good work.

-- Let's do it in the wood pile!

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#2 posted 02-21-2010 01:41 AM

Very nice! I’ve always been fascinated by bandsaw boxes, I need to make some one of these days!

-- Steve

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#3 posted 02-21-2010 01:55 AM

Very nice boxes. Looks like you are getting the technique down. Let us know if you like the Carter stabilizer guides.

-- Mike ...Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction

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#4 posted 02-21-2010 02:32 AM

Nice boxes. I keep seeing bandsaw boxes and I keep saying, “I’ve got to try that”. My wife’s birthday is coming up and, dang it, she’s going to get a bandsaw box.

I’m looking at the middle box in your first picture. It looks like you can see all the way through between the box and the surround. Did you not put a back on that one?

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#5 posted 02-21-2010 02:40 AM

Nice job Jon.

-- Ray , Florence Alabama

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#6 posted 02-21-2010 03:37 AM

Love bandsaw boxes. Nice job.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#7 posted 02-21-2010 04:07 AM

Those kinds of boxes are real neat looking. I have to try it sometime.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#8 posted 02-21-2010 06:56 AM

Rich – nice catch! No, there’s no back to it. Due to a …. design opportunity, the drawer goes both ways. The other side even has a handle. Design… yeah, that’s it. Custom design.

-- To do is to be

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#9 posted 02-21-2010 07:47 AM

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#10 posted 02-21-2010 12:58 PM

Hey Jon. Those boxes are Beautiful!! Like everyone else on here, I’ve been wanting to try it myself. Perhaps I’ll “Cruise” the WWW and see if I can find some basic instructions, If anyone here knows of a site I’d love to hear from you. I really like your design idea of the drawer opening from BOTH sides Jon. Don’t think I’ve seen that before. My Favourite is the #4 Photo, guess that’s the Butternut. GOOD STUFF!!


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#11 posted 02-21-2010 01:41 PM

Thats the first thing that I made on my bandsaw was a box.. And I just got the Carter stablizer friday at the show. I installed it yesterday made a few cuts, I really like it so far, flows real well..

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

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#12 posted 02-21-2010 03:31 PM

Over all very nice… I do however notice a few hesitations in the cuts and maybe a little over zealous sanding.. ... might I suggest a small strip of timber or some felt under the drawers to help even the gap all round and make the drawers smoother to close.. I make these suggestions to help you not to criticize.

-- Be safe.

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#13 posted 02-21-2010 03:37 PM


I did get carried away with the sanding. I thing part of it was inexperience doing work that thick on the bandsaw and maybe using too coarse/dull of a blade. I like your idea of felt under the drawers to conceal at least some of the gap – I may give it a shot an these and see how it looks.

-- To do is to be

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#14 posted 02-21-2010 05:51 PM

They look great, this is something that I have wanted to try for a long time, but have not gotten around to is yet. So many porjects and so little time. :-)

-- TurnTurnTurn

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#15 posted 02-22-2010 01:39 AM

Jon: I was concerned about all the Vertical Marks left on any radius’s I cut on my new Band Saw, thought it was just inexperience. Then I saw an article on ”Rounding Off” the “Back Edge” of all your Band Saw Blades. WALLA! Problem solved!

The BACK EDGE was doing all the scoring. I used a small Sharpening Stone that use to be in my Fishing Tackle Box (Round of Applause for Fishing Please…LOL…) about 3”Lx1/2”Hx1/4”Thick. Gently and Carefully, turn it around the back edges of the running blade. At first I just held it in my Fingers BUT! (Never can be to Careful in the Shop) Since then I bought a Finer Stone and epoxied it to a Wooden Holder, about 6” long, with the bottom edge of the holder and stone flush to the Table Surface. ALSO. There is no substitute for a SHARP Blade and it doesn’t take a lot to DULL them.

Hope this is of some value to you and perhaps a few of our Fellow LJ’s. CHEERS ALL!! Rick

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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