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Project by Kathy posted 08-20-2010 12:01 AM 3197 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I bought my Grizzly band saw about a month ago. Ummmm can I say “it ain’t as easy as the videos show”!!!

This is the first box that has been anywhere near boxlike. It is made of cherry, red oak, and mahogany.

The back was supposed to be the front because I loved the grain on the cherry but…. I goofed!

I think maybe I will blog about my journey. LOL

-- curious woodworker

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#1 posted 08-20-2010 12:09 AM

Good looking box Kathy. It is easy to get mixed up on top, bottom, front and back on these. The first one I did, I hollowed out the inside of the drawer upside down. Lucky for me it looks ok both ways,haha.

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

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#2 posted 08-20-2010 12:13 AM

That is a really sharp looking box! I love it!
Great Job!
I look forward to seeing many more…Thanks for sharing!

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

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#3 posted 08-20-2010 12:58 AM


A good start.

Sometimes I prefer to have the most impressive grain at the back, when it is infront of a mirror you get to see the beautiful grain – a Gift of Nature.

Tony Ward

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#4 posted 08-20-2010 01:13 AM

I so want a Grizzly band saw and to make band saw boxes!

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#5 posted 08-20-2010 07:25 AM

I think it looks great! ....and expensive for a first attempt!

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#6 posted 08-20-2010 07:31 AM

I feel your pain, my first box was barely a box at all. But this looks very nice

-- Clay - I love free tools

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#7 posted 08-20-2010 10:54 AM

That is certainly a nice box , I like that particular pattern. It would have looked better using the back as the front. But what have we learnt here???
Believe me you wont forget it now. So the next one will be perfect. :-)

I have yet to try the bandsaw boxes I need to get a smaller blade than what I have got and all the time it takes to set the thing up, somehow I dont think I will do it any time soon. As I have to leave the set up process to my darling husband.

-- Theresa,

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#8 posted 08-20-2010 11:14 AM

This is a wonderful first box. We all have horror stories of our first boxes… mine ended up in the trash! I could not bear to even look at it! You’ll love making bandsaw boxes. Check out some of the books available (Lois Ventura comes to mind); they do make it easier to learn.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#9 posted 08-20-2010 01:52 PM

Looks good.. I got lucky on my first two boxes ( knock on wood ). Making boxes is addictive. Good luck.

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

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#10 posted 08-20-2010 01:54 PM

That’s a nice looking first box. I agree with Ellen, get the Lois Ventura Bandsaw Book. She walks through the process step-by-step and provides patterns.

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

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#11 posted 08-20-2010 02:19 PM

Kathy, Great job on your first box. Your cuts are nice, very smooth and your drawer looks like it has a nice even spacing. Super job on the sanding. These are the little things that make a big difference in a bandsaw box and you did a superb job on your very first one. Like Tony said, when you put it on a dresser in front of a mirror, you get the best of both sides. I agree with the others, Lois Ventura has one of the best books on making bandsaw boxes. She covers everything from how to tune your bandsaw, to lay-out and steps to making a bandsaw box and even has a bunch of patterns to use if you need ideas. I started with her book and made my first box a few years ago. I now have more fun trying to create different designs. Hope to see many more boxes from you, you have a good touch with your bandsaw and it shows in your work.

-- John @

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#12 posted 08-20-2010 02:49 PM

That’s a really fine looking box. I never would have known it was your first. It may have taken a bit longer and been more frustrating than later ones will be for you, but you got everything right in the end. Congratulations!

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#13 posted 08-20-2010 02:58 PM

Well first???? LOL not really, there are several in the trash can but thanks all for the nice comments.

-- curious woodworker

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#14 posted 08-20-2010 05:45 PM

nothing wrong with it. Bandsaw boxes you can’t screw up. love the design

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#15 posted 08-20-2010 06:03 PM

Nice job, and keep them coming….

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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