Butterfly Bandsaw Box

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Project by HokieKen posted 10-12-2020 01:46 PM 683 views 1 time favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We had my granddaughter’s 5th birthday party over the weekend. Her and her mom were talking about how she’s collected lots of little jewelry and she really needed a jewelry box to keep the “good” jewelry seperate from the “play” jewelry.

So, I started looking around at jewelry boxes that were the right mix of fun and grown-up for a 5-year-old who thinks she’s 15 ;-) I stumbled on several butterfly shaped bandsaw boxes and decided to run with the idea.

About 3 years ago, LJ AZWoody did some Fun Lumber Quizzes where he showed pics of some AZ native woods he had processed on his sawmill and whoever guessed the species correctly first got the sample piece. It was very generous and I won the one linked above. BTW, y’all check out the unique woods Charles has at Sonora Woodworks!

So ever since 2016, I’ve had this nice hunk of Blue Gum Eucalyptus squirreled away looking for the perfect project.

So I went to work with handplanes and squared it up and sketched my design onto it. I have done some bandsaw boxes in the past and it always takes me 3 or 4 blade changes to get it done. So I decided this time that I would use my resaw blade to cut the back off before I cut it to shape. Then I taped the back on with carpet tape before sawing to shape.

The plan was to then remove the back before I cut out all the drawers. Everything went according to plan. Until I forgot to remove the back before cutting out the drawers…

Oops. Well, it gave me the opportunity to improvise a bit. Instead of using a solid back as I had intended, I decided I would use some of the Maple I was going to use for the drawer fronts and make the back look more like the front. So I cut some pieces just slightly larger than the cavities for the drawers and shaped them on my belt grinder and glued them over the holes. Then I used some Olive to make the pieces of the body and glued them in the center to cover up most of the kerfs from the drawer cavities.

Finally, I used the Maple to make the drawer fronts and glued everything back together. The drawer cavities in the box as well as the inside of the drawers was flocked with Wine flocking which ended up matching the Eucalyptus almost perfectly.

Finish was just two coats of BLO on everything. It really brought out the color of the Eucalyptus and highlighted some curl in the Maple.

The customer was very satisfied :-))

Thanks for looking! Questions and comments welcomed as always.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#1 posted 10-12-2020 01:52 PM

That’s a nice looking box Kenny, I hope she enjoys it

-- Matt - St.Louis, MO - Marine Corps Veteran - 1341 - aka Grumpy Guy

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#2 posted 10-12-2020 01:58 PM

Nice bandsaw box Kenny.

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#3 posted 10-12-2020 02:05 PM

Great job brother! Excellent improvisation on the fix. Really adds to the box imo.

-- Dave - - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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#4 posted 10-12-2020 02:21 PM

nice work grandpa thats a beautiful box,she’s gonna treasure that the rest of her life.hopefully she will hand it down to her daughter some day.

-- 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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#5 posted 10-12-2020 02:22 PM

That’s an out standing looking box.

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#6 posted 10-12-2020 02:26 PM

beautiful butterfly bandsaw box for a beautiful little one … a real nice fit on the drawers …. and i just love the back of it ... GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#7 posted 10-12-2020 02:59 PM

looks great

-- Dave

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#8 posted 10-12-2020 03:51 PM

Thought it was amazing until the part about Flocking, Editors pick for sure:)

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#9 posted 10-12-2020 04:30 PM

I was trying to identify the woods here, and nailed the eucalyptus, and the olive, of course, but I really thought the other was butternut. Great character on the maple.

Im not usually a fan of bandsaw boxes, as they seem kinda clunky and the drawers ill-fitting, but this one definitely has a certain elegance about it. And the drawers have a nice tight fit, like Tony mentioned.


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#10 posted 10-12-2020 04:33 PM

Nice flocking box, Kenny!

Is the butterfly body in the center a handle? It almost looks like it could be.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#11 posted 10-12-2020 04:36 PM

Big plus for granddaughter and the box which I like also. I love kids and a wonderful blessing

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#12 posted 10-12-2020 04:46 PM

Gifts for family are always the best ones to make. Clever way to make a jewelry box look like a butterfly. I like it.

BTW – I think she would have liked it better if it had been in the shape of an ear of corn…. ;+P

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

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#13 posted 10-12-2020 04:58 PM

Very Cool Kenny.
Great wood selection and I really like the butterfly body in the center.
She treasure it for life.

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#14 posted 10-12-2020 07:14 PM

Thanks all! Lacy loved the box and when I dropped her off at her house last night she asked if I would come over and help her pick the jewelry to put in it. I agreed and she promptly said “actually, nevermind. I should probably get Nana to do that” :-))

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#15 posted 10-12-2020 07:17 PM


Is the butterfly body in the center a handle? It almost looks like it could be.

- Dave Polaschek

Nope but would have been a good idea now that you mention it! It’s way too tight down in there though, even for 5 year old fingers.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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