Tight curves - Bandsaw box

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Project by JeffG posted 03-09-2010 03:41 AM 9634 views 7 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I figured I had to put that this project was a bandsaw box in the headline after writing ‘tight curves’ –

This “Lotus” bandsaw box project is from a from Lois Keener Ventura book and has probably been done by another Lumberjock already, but I’m happy with the way it turned out being my first bandsaw box – go big or go home. Made from cherry, and the handles are maple.

All the specs were from the plans in the book except I enlarged the piece from a suggested 9 inches to about 12 inches tall. The curves were really tight so I figured adding a few inches would allow me to cut it easier. But some curves were still tight even with a new blade running on a Powermatic 141. However, with the increased dimensions my wife needs more jewelry to fill it.

Project facts:
- The cut time was 45 minutes.
- The sanding time was 10 hours (I bought a spindle sander after I finished).
- Glued up the block using 12 clamps and 3 cauls and left it to dry for 24 hours.
- Used about 4 board feet of cherry.
- Used about .1 board feet of maple.
Project tips:
- Make sure you have lots of glue when starting this project.
- I didn’t worry about having the cherry super smooth after planning for the block glue-up, I figured some roughness would work to my advantage in helping the pieces lock together.
- Round the back of the bandsaw blade.

-- Jeff G, North Syracuse, NY

12 comments so far

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#1 posted 03-09-2010 04:01 AM

Great work. Really nice box.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#2 posted 03-09-2010 04:19 AM

Really nice looking! I like the overall pattern, nice use of open space in the design.

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#3 posted 03-09-2010 04:22 AM

This came out really nice, the cuts are very smooth and continuous. By add a small piece of felt to the inside cavity of the main housing will lift the draws to give a even appearance around the entire draw, just a suggestion. Thanks for posting…BC

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#4 posted 03-09-2010 04:23 AM

Nice! that looks awesome for your first box. Congrats, I’m sure your wife loves it.

I just purchased that book as well, and I’m looking to make one of the plans. Two quick questions, did you use the Carter stabilizer? What size blade did you use?

Thanks for sharing

-- John H. [To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk. ~Edison]

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#5 posted 03-09-2010 04:37 AM

Beautiful box, Jeff. You did a really nice job – both on the box and on the base. I like the way you set up the photo as well.

-- Dave O.

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#6 posted 03-09-2010 04:47 AM

Thanks Hoakie –
No high-end Carter stabilizer on the saw, but I am running bearing guides. I did a few test cuts to make sure everything was set up correctly between the guides and the tension – knowing that once I started I had about a mile of cutting before I could turn the saw off. For this box I used a 3/16” blade.

-- Jeff G, North Syracuse, NY

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#7 posted 03-09-2010 06:52 AM

Me encanto, muy bueno, te felicito.

-- Marcelo, Buenos Aires,

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#8 posted 03-09-2010 07:15 AM

Pleasant looking bandsawn box, neat and smooth curves & contour – excellent!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#9 posted 03-09-2010 07:26 AM

Great Box!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#10 posted 03-09-2010 03:01 PM

Very Nice.

-- Chris N, Westford, MA - "If you won't eat something from your fridge that turned green...why would you eat something that started out that way?"

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#11 posted 03-09-2010 06:09 PM


-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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#12 posted 03-10-2010 02:24 AM

Absolutely beautiful bandsaw boxes. I also like the base and thanks for the tips.

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

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