First Bandsaw Box

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 08-10-2010 02:27 AM 2724 views 3 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well I did it. After seeing all the nice bandsaw boxes on LJ’s, I had to make one too. When I originally saw a bandsaw box it was made from a piece of a tree limb so I thought I should use a raw log. I got this log in Arizona from a firewood pile and I spent 3 days filling all the cracks with epoxy and sawdust after I cut the pieces out. I don’t know what the wood is, but that red part is hard as steel to sand but it cuts easily. I thought it might be redwood or juniper. I lightly sanded the outside where the bark was removed and took off the worm tracks from the back but left the swirl in the sapwood. This box has no handle but the drawer stays in even when you tip it upside down. There are two stacks of rare earth magnets in the drawer and two steel buttons in the inside back that hold it really good. I added a slot in the bottom for overpowering the magnets to get the drawer open. I don’t have a flocking tube, so I put a piece of black velvet in the bottom of the drawer glued over cardboard.

I never actually watched the process for doing this but I think I screwed up making the drawer. I cut the bottom off so I could cut out the inside. This made the front too short for the opening and left a gap at the bottom. I added four skids to the inside of the box to equalize the gap for the sides and the top, the bottom turns under so you really don’t see my mistake a lot.

This was fun. I’ll probably make another one some day but I’ll make it to the newer design with an open gap on the sides where the blade enters

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 08-10-2010 02:32 AM

How ever you did it It worked its’ not making mistakes but how you cover them that makes you good…......Schloemoe

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www.

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#2 posted 08-10-2010 02:43 AM

How cool. I have seen a lot of bandsawn boxes but this is definitely the coolest one yet! Very nice work. Way to get out there and try something new.


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#3 posted 08-10-2010 02:47 AM

Haha, that box is awesome. Just had to one up me didn’t ya,haha, just kiddin. I’m lovin the idea of using magnets to secure the drawer. That really looks great. What did you use to sign it?

-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"

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#4 posted 08-10-2010 03:14 AM

What a great box, I haven’t made one but will have to try it sometime. Great Job, and thanks for sharing!


-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#5 posted 08-10-2010 03:20 AM

Jim … Again with the awesome projects! Cut us a break!.......I am just kidding!
I like the design and look of this box….very nice.
Are you sure this is your first bandsaw box? You have been making these in your sleep haven`t you.
Really looks great. Keep it up. Thanks for sharing.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#6 posted 08-10-2010 05:13 AM

Very good looking box.

-- Dennis Trenton Ohio And life is worth the living just because He lives!

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#7 posted 08-10-2010 10:43 AM

Hi Jim,
It’s a wonderful box you made there, you should put your money there, and leave it by the fireplace, then the thiefs will never fiind the cash (well unless you one day make a fire and forget you put it there).
I like it, it’s very nature, and I love that you did not put a handle.
Best thoughts (or?),

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#8 posted 08-10-2010 10:55 AM

Great job for your first bandsaw box. I have toyed around the idea of doing one from a solid log. Everytime I see one I think about it. Thats about as far as I get though. You may have made some mistakes, we all do at one time or another. Thats how we learn what not to do the next time we make one.

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

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#9 posted 08-10-2010 12:00 PM

coolest bandsaw box ever! :D i dont have a bandsaw… so i’m jealous ;) no i’m kidding, great work my friend.

really cool opening mechanism with the slots! :)

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#10 posted 08-10-2010 01:02 PM

Well done Jim. I haven’t seen that shape before, it is lovely and interesting.

Thanks for sharing Jim.

-- When you know better you do better.

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#11 posted 08-10-2010 04:13 PM


Like Tim, I had given this a bit of thought and I probably over-thought it. Did you use a cradle under the log so it didn’t turn on you or was it just free hand?

Great wood and the style really matches up to make it an art piece. Cutting the drawer from the top actually makes it look more “planned” for the style.


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#12 posted 08-10-2010 05:33 PM

Thanks for all the nice comments. You are all so encouraging!!!!!!!!
Hi Zeke, I signed the back of the drawer with my electric branding iron. It used to say “handcrafted by”, but to distinguish it from all the Chinese stuff flooding the market and for national pride, I changed it to Made In USA.

Hi Steve, I clamped the log to an angle plate from the end and cut it to a line drawn down the log. Then, to get a true surface to work from, I ran it throught the jointer. I cut the back off freehand, after that.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#13 posted 08-10-2010 11:32 PM

Very cool looking and I love the wood.

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#14 posted 08-11-2010 04:45 AM

nice box Jim. I wonder what kind of wood it is???

-- wchips

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#15 posted 08-11-2010 06:05 AM

Now that’s thinking outside of the box!!! Love it!!!!

-- J.Palmer,Texas,

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