Bandsaw box...thanking my lucky stars.

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Project by Tom Regnier posted 12-14-2018 12:59 AM 1447 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Instead of watching football this weekend I got busy in my workshop and came up with this box. I cut in the stars with a v-gouge and scalloped everything else. I spent some time sharpening my tools before and during the project and it really gave me nice clean cuts throughout…time well spent!
I milk painted the stars and did my usual shellac and wax finish along with blue flocking on the inside.
I filled the box with Reese’s bells and Hershey minis and gave it as a gift to some special friends for helping me through some recent health issues.

As always…thanks for looking and here’s a few work in progress photos …and one by the Christmas tree!

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Dave Polaschek

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#1 posted 12-14-2018 01:10 AM

Nice work, Tom! Hope the health issues are resolved and you’re feeling up to snuff through the holidays!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#2 posted 12-14-2018 01:36 AM

Nice touch using scallops and the stars. I really like the look.

I’ve seen a couple of different methods for making bandsaw boxes. Something I really want to try one of these days.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#3 posted 12-14-2018 01:44 AM

Tom, what a great box, very unique. I like the scallops mixed with the painted stars. I, too, hope your health issues are resolved and I’m sure the recipients of this box will treasure it. I love your work and the time you put in to making each piece it’s own.

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#4 posted 12-14-2018 02:06 AM

Beautiful box Tom and a GREAT gift.

-- 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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#5 posted 12-14-2018 02:25 AM

Looks great. I really like the texturing you did.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#6 posted 12-14-2018 03:13 AM


The shape of the box is interesting and the carving is, as usual, beautiful! A great gift that will be much appreciated no doubt! Hoping you are feeling better and continue to bless us with your work!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#7 posted 12-14-2018 04:00 AM

It’s a nice box, but the flourishes you’ve added with your hand work are what this box is all about, and you’ve done a very good job of adding life to it.

Great job, and thanks for sharing it with us.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#8 posted 12-14-2018 06:02 AM

Your design inovations realy amaize me…so beautiful box and all carved details on it.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 12-14-2018 10:00 AM

I see you have produced some exceptionally nice carved Scalloped boxes over time.

I took the time to check out the construction details that you used but there is very little documented.

So I went looking on the net for How to do information, ...lots of info iprovided for scalloping with any tools bar a chisel.
Its of particular interest to me to learn as I wanted to find out how this process is done and try it for myself.

This ativity also involved a search within LJs, but again revaled nothing to guide me to giving it a try.

My next search will involve PM ing Fancy Chip to see if she has any tutorials on scalloping.

I also ferreted about looking for just what the medical condition you mentioned was, ... again I found nothing, this time it was just an interested concern on my behalf, nothing and more than that, as I am not a doctor or nor do I have any medical experience that I could offer you as a form of help or assistance.

-- Regards Rob

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Tom Regnier

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#10 posted 12-14-2018 10:19 AM

Hi Rob, Michael Cullen’s articles and videos on Fine woodworking site are a great resource for this style of box making and carving…I highly recommend checking it out.

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#11 posted 12-14-2018 08:22 PM

Thanks for all the kind comments and concerns…very much appreciated!

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#12 posted 12-15-2018 04:55 PM

Very creative box, I really like the way the box is curved. You can tell a lot of effort was expended doing all of those scallops, but they really add to the look. Nice job and congrats on your DT3.

-- John D, OP, KS

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#13 posted 12-15-2018 07:06 PM

Tom, at first glance I thought the stars were applied. I am impressed that you carved them into the box and then “textured” around them. Great idea and great style. Your use of bas relief would work for a number of simple shapes. Painting and outlining them makes the stars stand out even more. Fun box to look at.

-- Big Al in IN

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