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Project by Kathy posted 10-06-2010 12:30 PM 2790 views 8 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Between all of the busy summer stuff I managed to get some work done. Playing with my new band saw was fun, fun, fun! I am still struggling with it but I think I am making progress.

Question for the experts. My main issue is the gap between the drawer and the box body. By the time I have sanded out all the ridges that my BS makes the drawers don’t fit as well as I would like, not to mention how much work it is to do it. LOL I am using a 1/4 blade and I am learning how to make the turns, but the finish is very rough. I have a 1/8 blade but haven’t tried it yet. Would that make a difference or is it a matter of the way I am cutting?

-- curious woodworker

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#1 posted 10-06-2010 12:44 PM

Personally I think they look mighty fine and I wouldn’t fuss about it too much. I’m sure you would get a finer cut with an 1/8” blade but it’s going to be slower and it may get the curves too tight. Depends what you mean by very rough…

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#2 posted 10-06-2010 01:08 PM

Well done. These look very good.

-- Duane, Iowa

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#3 posted 10-06-2010 01:48 PM

Very nice!! I just purchased a band saw and have not made any boxes yet so I can not give you any tech advice. Thanks for posting.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#4 posted 10-06-2010 02:01 PM

Depends on the thickness of your blade and the bending of its teeth.

For very fine cuts with my bandsaw, I use an old (re-soldered…) blade that I’ve hammered to get all the teeth aligned.
Can’t go any thinner than that. The trick is to go very slow to let it cool, as the friction heats it quickly and burns the wood if trying to cut too fast.

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#5 posted 10-06-2010 03:25 PM

from here your struggling is paying off.

-- Jerry Miller

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#6 posted 10-06-2010 04:25 PM

One thing I’ve read about somewhere is carefully gluing thin strips under/beside the drawers to make the gap the same all the way around instead of being wider at the top or one side. The spacers would be set back far enough to not show when the drawers are closed.
Also, I think a smoother cut comes from keeping the work moving. I’ve noticed that when I pause in the middle of a cut I usually get a little ridge. Slow is fine (preferred, as Sodabowski points out), but if you take the pressure off the blade it can shift just a tiny bit when you start pushing again.

I agree with the others though… all of these look very good!

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#7 posted 10-06-2010 04:35 PM

I think the only thing you can do about the gap is to even it all around by putting spacers along the bottom to lift the draw to give even spacing all round.
I wouldn’t worry too much. I’m sure any family member would be pleased to have one of those as an christmas present.
your boxes look great! I have only done one on cheap plywood glued to make it larger. Want to get better before using good wood. I have problems getting nice looking cuts with my bandsaw.

Well done with you boxes. I’d say the hard work has paid off

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#8 posted 10-06-2010 05:37 PM

I like them all. :)

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#9 posted 10-06-2010 06:57 PM

Hello kathy

I like them all

A very good job with good design

Can you upload pictures of the drawers please ?
Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#10 posted 10-06-2010 07:03 PM

Super band saw boxes neat design and great build.


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#11 posted 10-06-2010 08:31 PM

American Woodworker Magazine April/May 2010 had an article on push-button bandsaw box and 7 tips for making bandsaw boxes. One of the tips was to line the inside of the box with adhesive-backed felt. The article stated that the felt made up for the missing wood of the kerf and also made the drawers “glide like butter”. Haven’t yet tried it myself.
However, those boxes look pretty darn good especially with the roundovers on the box and drawers.
Keep enjoying!

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#12 posted 10-06-2010 08:51 PM

I like the felt idea better than the thin strips of wood I mentioned. It seems a lot easier, especially for boxes with no flat spots to easily glue a strip of wood to. I think I’ll try that soon! Thanks Hawk9!

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#13 posted 10-06-2010 11:25 PM


Nice work. One way of reducing the machine marks is to ensure the blade is properly fitted. I use the thumb pluck method and set it to correspond to approximate the E & A strings available here ~

If you refer to the following index you will find a wealth of information as to the various types of blades available, using the correct blade will also reduce machine marks.
Bandsaws and Blades information sites

I argue against fine sanding the inside of the cabinet / the drawer space – why do it? Sanding the cavity increases the drawer cavity which means the drawer flops about and is more inclined to fall out and detract from the overall appearance of your work! If some one feels the need to remove the drawer from the cabinet I ask them do you remove the drawer from your dresser or kitchen cupboard? Sanding the cavity and the outer edges of the drawer only adds time to the makin, use that time to make another bandsawn box!

Tony Ward

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#14 posted 10-06-2010 11:30 PM

They all look great! Nice selections in your woods, the finish and all the fittings look great.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#15 posted 10-07-2010 04:43 AM

Kathy, I like your boxes. They look great! The fit of your drawers looks pretty good. Personally, I like sanding and finishing the inside of my boxes. When someone picks up or looks at a bandsaw box, usually one of the first things they do is pull a drawer out, just to see how it’s made. I just like having it all look finished. I like using a 3/16” blade when I’m doing boxes. A 1/4” blade usually makes me feel like I’m having to force some of the tighter curves, which is never good. With an 1/8” blade, you can work the tighter curves better, but harder to control on long flowing curves.(especially when I’m doing larger, thicker boxes)......The 3/16” blade seems to be just right! LOL. Works for me anyway. They are a little harder to find, so you may have to order them. There is also a difference in quality even in bandsaw blades. Timberwolf makes a really good bandsaw blade and they are available thru Woodcraft stores. You’ll have to experment with blades to see what works best for you, your saw and the type boxes you’re making and wood you are using. Your blade, blade tension, guides, feed rate and how smooth you can follow your line of cut will all help when making your boxes. You will really notice this as the size of your boxes increase. Keep up the great work and I really look forward to seeing more or your boxes in the future.

-- John @

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