Double-Sided Lotus Bandsaw Jewelry Box

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Project by Tennessee posted 09-05-2018 03:54 PM 1180 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s been quite a while since I posted anything at all on Lumberjocks, projects or comments. I had a back fusion a few months back, that set me down for quite a while, then my wife had to have her shoulder just about rebuilt, from bone spurs cutting through muscles. 2018 been kind of tough for us. And trying to keep Etsy, the Gallery, and Luthier things going, not much time for forums.

So anyway, I was supposed to build a box for a local painter to put scenes on. I did this once before, smaller box, but the lady said the box was too pretty. I kept at her, and she got depressed that she had to paint it. I told her just do it, so she paints raindrops on one area of the box. Sheesh… How depressing that was. needless to say, the box is still sitting in the Gallery where I display, and I am seriously thinking of taking it out, sanding off the raindrops, and just finishing it as original.

Ok, so this box, I decided to give the painter more room to paint. That was, until I realized how pretty this piece of black limba I used was on both the front and back. The center pieces are cherry. At first, I intended to make it a regular box, with nice, deep drawers, but got this crazy idea that it could be double-sided. Asked the wife, at first she said that was just dumb, but finally looked over the wood and agreed that maybe a double sided box would be cool, and neither of us could remember seeing one.

After cutting out the Lotus shape out of the original block, instead of cutting off the back cover, I just cut out the drawer blanks. Then, I measured them in half and subtracted 3/16”, and cut two boxes off each side, leaving a very thin slab of wood from the middle. I took that, cut off a small section from the bottom, and epoxied it exact center on the floor of each drawer cavity. Then I went and made 8 regular bandsaw drawers, put on the little half-moon ironwood pulls, added my heavy rounded edges to give it more depth, and finished it. Red felt in the bottoms of the drawers.

Now I just have to decide, put it in the Gallery, where they will take their commission, or put it in my Etsy store, where you compete with 10,000 other guys making bandsaw boxes all over the planet. I don’t think the local painter will get to touch this one.

As always, copy it if you want. Oh, it stands 23” tall, 5.25” from drawer front to drawer front, and is about 9” wide.
Thanks for lookin’!

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#1 posted 09-05-2018 04:32 PM

one whale of a band saw box – I’ve never seen a double sided either until now and I’m sure that I’m not the only one that likes it.
btw – beautiful lumber !

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#2 posted 09-05-2018 05:23 PM

Very neat, creative, artistic and also a great “Other Pleaser”!

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

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#3 posted 09-05-2018 08:17 PM

I like many others have cut many BS boxes and have thought about making them much larger. I think I will try it, thanks for sharing

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#4 posted 09-06-2018 12:19 AM

Now this is very cool indeed. Lovely work sir.

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#5 posted 09-06-2018 01:53 AM

Sorry about the medical issues, but it’s a reason for not posting. Hope your keeping the luthier business going as you’re good at it. Oh yeah, nice box.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 09-06-2018 12:25 PM

Thanks to all who commented. It is kind of a love/hate thing, I think. Some will think it completely unpractical, others will think it very cool

Larry, if you take on a big box like this, you have to take into consideration the throat size on your bandsaw, from blade to column. On this one, I had to draw the exact same pattern on both sides, since some cuts had to be made from the front, and some from the back. You’ll see. There is always a way to get it home, but sometimes it takes a little thinking. In this case, the top and bottom drawer, I had to turn over the box to complete the cuts when it came around and hit the column. Turning it over puts all that wood outboard. Backing blades out, reversing cuts, etc.

Well, Doc – we all have good years, bad years. My wife and I just can’t seem to get caught up with our medical problems. She has a hand issue that was operated on, and the operation failed, so that has to be redone, then I still have one bad knee left. It never ends. Old age is NOT what they told me it would be. Thank Heavens for my retired military insurance!
And thanks on the box!

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#7 posted 09-06-2018 12:54 PM

Double drawers, great idea.Sorry to hear about your medical problems..but we can be thaqnkifulo there are procedures to help, imagine a 100 years ago, sffer and die. no hope.

Sorry to hear about your mediacal

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#8 posted 09-06-2018 12:58 PM

Great work. Design, wood & execution!
I probably would have gone nuts figuring out the cut plan & sequence.

-- Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a Dad

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#9 posted 09-07-2018 05:37 PM

Great design indeed!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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