First Bandsaw Box

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Project by mspain77 posted 10-06-2017 06:27 PM 900 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been thinking about trying my hand at one of these for some time now, and a few weeks ago I decided to take some scraps I had laying around and glue them up. This is Myrtle Wood from Oregon with African Mahogany sandwiched in the middle.
I noticed some beetle marks in the Myrtle Wood as I began sanding down the saw marks. I filled some with epoxy at first, but the more I sanded the more I found. I eventually gave in and am chalking it up to character now.
I bought a flocking kit and flocked the inside of the drawer as well as the inside of the box (where the drawer lives) with black velvet fibers. I used a simple spray-on Minwax polyurethane to finish called it done.
These are super fun and quick. I’ve already got requests to make more and I’m looking forward to it. Thanks for stopping by.

-- "Always count a woodworkers fingers before heeding their advice." -Mike Spain

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#1 posted 10-06-2017 06:55 PM

Pretty neat, I want to build one of these things soon.

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#2 posted 10-06-2017 06:57 PM

Very nice and inspiring too. Now I have to try to see what I can do with just a scrollsaw, as I do not own a bandsaw.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#3 posted 10-06-2017 08:47 PM

Thanks guys

-- "Always count a woodworkers fingers before heeding their advice." -Mike Spain

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#4 posted 10-07-2017 02:36 PM

You did a nice job on this box.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 10-07-2017 06:59 PM

Great start. I keep thinking I need to make some.

FYI, “Oregon Myrtle wood” is actually California Bay Laurel (Umbellularia Californica) which is found from central CA north. The Oregon Myrtle wood name came from marketing scheme on the Oregon coast trying to sell wood products in the tourist traps. At one time they actually said ” only grew in Oregon and the “Holy Land”. There is a Myrtle that grows in the Holy Land but it is a different species and more of a shrub than a tree. Although, I have worked with Oregon wood and California wood and the wood from Oregon does have more color and character. Possibly from all the rain? It is beautiful and great to work with. The leaves can be used in cooking but are not the same as Bay leaves from Greece. Most sources recommend drying them before using.
Powder post beetles love the Bay laurel. It is is left un-treated or not protected they will find it. After you put a finish on it they seem to leave it alone.

-- Les B, Oregon

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