Magnolia and Plywood Bandsaw Box

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Project by Zonker posted 12-27-2020 03:19 PM 691 views 3 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few years back, our neighbors lost their Magnolia tree in their yard. When they were cutting it up I asked if they could save me a chunk or two. The first project was a tray for our Cards Against Humanity set. The rest of the wood sat until I came upon this design for another commission. I was cleaning up the shop a little and came across the magnolia again and decided that our neighbor needed her tree back. It’s three pieces of Magnolia with sanded BC plywood in between. The top has a little live edge on it , so I ground and sanded the profile into the rest of the layers. Several defects in the material are filled with fiberglass resin, which dries a muddy honey color like maybe sap? Just like the previous box, there is a secret drawer. I did a rethink on the handle. The previous box had a solid handle, I wanted to lighten it up for this and became a stressful operation in that I have limited material and was inventing a process on the fly. I profiled a scrap of Magnolia on two sides with a dovetail bit. Then cut it to length for the handle. After that, I marked it to open the center and cut the waste out with a coping saw, then smoothed it on the spindle sander. I had to create a fence for the spindle sander in order to ensure a smooth finished product. The hard part there was holding the piece “square” on the edge of the dovetail. I did not get it finished until Boxing Day, but she really liked how it came out.

-- Larry A. - I've made a small fortune with my woodworking. The trouble is, I started with a large fortune.

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#1 posted 12-28-2020 06:52 AM

Sharp looking box. I like the color and the way you incorporated the different woods together. Good job !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#2 posted 12-28-2020 03:56 PM

Very interesting and unique, I take it that the secret drawer is accessed by taking the drawer out and then it comes out of the back of the drawer. very nice work.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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