Bandsaw Box

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Project by Dukegijoe posted 03-28-2010 05:01 AM 1888 views 7 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first real attempt at a box on the bandsaw. I picked up a turning blank at Woodcraft and used the bandsaw to make this box. I made an impromptu circle cutting jig, and used the hole from the circle jig to place the handle in the lid of the box. Turned out well enough, here are the steps:

1. Make a circle jig for your bandsaw (lots of plans online).
2. Drill a hole in the center of the blank.
3. Decide the outside diameter of the box (I think i used a radius of 3 inches, so 6 inch diameter).
4. Set the jig for that distance and cut the outside perimeter.
5. Slice 1/2 in off the top and bottom of the circle (this will be the top and bottom of the box).
6. Move the setting so that the radius is smaller by 1/4 to 1/2 inch.
7. Cut the inside out of your box (hiding the kerf in the dark grain) using the smaller radius (you may need to redrill the hole for the jig).
8. Cut 1/4 in from the center of the cut-out (Preferably the one with the hole already drilled in it).
9. Glue up the saw kerf, to close the circle.
10. Glue the bottom (the one side that doesn’t have a hole drilled in it) to the center where you just glued up the kerf.
11. Line up the drill holes for the top and the cut-off from the center… also line up the grain, and glue them together.
12. Sand the box so that all the edges are the same (This may take some effort, since when the kerf was closed, you created a smaller radius circle than the top and bottom you already cut).
13. Finish with whatever you like (depending on how you are going to use it).

If I had to do it over again:
1. With this design, hide the kerf in the darker grain.
2. Make sure your circle jig can allow an initial straight cut to get the blade in position (otherwise you wouldn’t be able to keep the kerf in the dark grain).
3. Probably pick a block with uniform color, since getting the grains to match up between the top center and bottom is impossible when you glue the kerf closed.
4. Watch the glue squeeze out.. makes it tough to finish with the glue on the inside of the box.

-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsmen can hide his mistakes! - Walter Blodgett

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#1 posted 03-28-2010 05:13 AM

Beautiful bowl …thanks for the how-to : )

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#2 posted 03-28-2010 11:26 AM

Nice Box there..

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

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#3 posted 03-28-2010 01:14 PM

the wood makes this a real eye catcher

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#4 posted 03-28-2010 02:33 PM

Very nice – can you tell us what kind of wood this is?

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

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#5 posted 03-28-2010 02:39 PM

Here is the funny thing about it… the wood was called Jobillo at Woodcraft. It was on sale and really interesting, so I figured I would give it a try. I know that it is a South American wood, but I would love to hear more about it. My local woodcraft still has a few of these on the shelves…

-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsmen can hide his mistakes! - Walter Blodgett

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#6 posted 03-28-2010 02:53 PM

Very nice box, great mystery wood. I will have to try this sometime…....

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#7 posted 03-28-2010 03:03 PM

That’s a nice little box out of a wood I wasn’t familiar with.

Thanks for the tutorial, as well as listing things you’d do differently next time.

For anyone wanting to know a little more about this wood, here are a couple of quick links:

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#8 posted 03-28-2010 05:13 PM

A great box. I too love the wood, it looks wonderful.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#9 posted 03-30-2010 04:50 PM

the eye on the box realy catch you
great piece of the wood you have used
for the box


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#10 posted 05-29-2010 03:17 PM

Nice looking box. I picked up some of this wood as well when it was on sale. Really liked how it looked. Great post too thaks for the info. I have been playing a lot with these lately.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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