Pisces bandsaw box

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Project by jmp posted 10-09-2019 12:04 PM 987 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Having previously used cabbage bark wood for a trinket box (see my projects) I thought the figuring and finish would be very suitable for a bandsaw box I was making for my niece, Louise, I chose a pattern called Pisces, one of Lois Ventura designs. I started well, milling a single board dividing into 5 and laminating into a large cube that would later be suitable for 2 boxes. Unfortunately, I had just started making my boat and so the cube was put aside for the next 3 years and my niece was asked to bear with me.
As soon as my boat was in the water I recommenced building the box. The tight curves necessitated a 1/4 inch narrow bandsaw blade which was too small for the Record BS350 blade guides. Circles of 3mm ply attached to the metal guide discs with double sided tape worked well as sacrificial guides. The handles were made from maple. The finish was with 3 coats of clear Osmo Polyx oil. The draws were coated using a small flocking kit with a homemade shaking pump. This was my first bandsaw box and I would reccommend this design and Lois’ book which has plenty of help and advice for anyone thinking of making a bandsaw box for the first time.

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#1 posted 10-09-2019 01:18 PM

Very attractive. Nice work.

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#2 posted 10-09-2019 01:27 PM

Nice flowing lines on this box, captures the eye. Looks like a “sanding for days” project.

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#3 posted 10-09-2019 01:30 PM

i rarely comment on bandsaw boxes but this one really appeals to me,beautiful shape and flow to it.nice work.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#4 posted 10-09-2019 02:41 PM

Ditto on all of the above.
Very cool design and love the flowing lines. Number one of a 12 part series? All the birthsigns?

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#5 posted 10-09-2019 04:04 PM

That is beautiful! I had never heard of that wood before, very pretty.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#6 posted 10-09-2019 08:40 PM

I really like that box, the lines are splendid. I think for the first time in my life I fully understand “feng shui”

I have a bench sitter project that I have been keeping from my Wife for too long. I just saw another thread that gave me a goose about it, this one just shoved me down the hill.

Awesome box, and thanks for the unknowing jab to get me back on track.

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#7 posted 10-10-2019 04:46 AM

Nice shape….I like red interior

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#8 posted 10-10-2019 10:37 AM

Beautiful work.

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#9 posted 10-10-2019 11:27 PM

Love the design and the work. I guess I just really like this.

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